Business and Communication Systems
Business and Communication Systems is taught in years 10 and 11. Students follow the AQA GCSE BCS course. Both teachers have their specialisms for this course particularly for the ICT skills elements and the HoD supports his colleagues with the Business element along with a Business Studies trained teacher. The department is on a journey to move to Computer Science across all key stages by raising the profile of the subject at all Key Stages.
The Department offers a number of enrichment activities to enhance pupils’ achievement and enjoyment of the subject. We also have Student Academic Mentors, who are high achieving students form the previous year 11 group, who provide one to one support.
Teachers also offer classes to support at lunchtimes and after school to help pupils with different assessments or general subject advice.
The department organises a number of trips throughout the year offering students the opportunity to understand how ICT is used and impacts upon the real world. Trips going out this year include Disneyland Paris for A Level students and the National Museum of Computing. Trips planned include Thorpe Park for year 10.
Subject Leader: Mr R Pitman (email@example.com)
Key Stage 4
Exam Board: AQA
Students who opt to study GCSE Business Communications Systems will follow AQA Examination 4130 syllabus. This comprises of:
- Unit 8 – ICT Systems in Business examined as a theory written paper
- Unit 9 – Using IT in Business examined as a practical paper
- Unit 10 – Investigating ICT in Business examined as Controlled Assessment
- Selecting appropriate software
- Word processing
- Web Authoring
- The business environment
- Business administration
- Workplace Organisation
- Health & Safety
- ICT Data systems in Business
- Security of Data
- Recruitment and Selection of Staff
- Rewarding Staff
- Employment Rights and Responsibilities
- The Purpose of Communication
- Communication Systems
- The Importance of ICT in Business Communications
- The Internet and E-Commerce
Students undertake their Controlled assessment. They also recap and revise on the topics examined and past paper examinations are undertaken. 2 examination papers are sat at the end of the year.
Programme of study have Schemes of Learning available to students and parents through Sharepoint.