Studying Business and Communication Systems will engage you in the study of business and digital technology and develop your practical skills in using software applications. You will have the opportunity to explore the changing role of digital technology in business and economic activities.

This specification will help you to develop a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of business subjects, while being inspired, moved and changed by following an exciting, enjoyable and worthwhile course.



By studying this course you will:

  • study business activity and how ICT has changed the business environment;
  • develop as an effective and independent thinker with an enquiring mind;
  • have the opportunity to develop valuable practical ICT skills in a business context; and
  • use software applications to develop digital solutions to enhance business activities.




Unit Areas of Study
Unit 1:

Software Applications for Business

You  will study file management and the use of common applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, web authoring, web browsing, email and presentation software.

This unit is assessed in Year 11 by a 2 hour computer-based examination that is worth 40% of the overall GCSE qualification

Unit 2:

The Business Environment


You will study recruitment, selection, training and marketing as well as the implications of digital technology for business.  In the context of the changing nature of business, you will consider different roles, including stakeholders and customers, and how best to communicate.

This unit is assessed in Year 12 by a 1 hour external written examination that is worth 35% of the overall GCSE qualification.


Unit 3:

Developing Digital Solutions

You will learn how to plan and develop a digital solution for a business through the use of software applications, planning and research.

This unit is assessed by a Controlled Assessment task that is worth 25% of the overall GCSE qualification