GCSE Business and Communication Systems (2017)

The CCEA GCSE Business and Communication Systems specification introduces students to the business world. They also explore the changing role of digital technology in business today.

Students learn about file management and applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, web authoring, web browsing, email and presentation software. They also study types of business, recruitment, selection, training, marketing, the role of stakeholders and customers, and how best to communicate a message.

Students then have an opportunity to connect all they have learned to plan and develop a digital solution for a business.

A qualification in Business and Communication Systems could lead to further study or a career in business, digital technology or ICT.

Assessment is through one computer-based exam worth 40% of the final mark, one written exam worth 35% and a controlled assessment unit worth 25%.

This specification is unitised, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Learning for Life and Work Area of Learning and the Cross-Curricular Skill of Using ICT.

The specification has three units:

  • Unit 1: Software Applications for Business
  • Unit 2: The Business Environment
  • Unit 3: Developing Digital Solutions.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2017
First assessment: from Summer 2018
First award: from Summer 2019
QAN: 603/1314/6
Guided learning hours: 120
Qualification level: 1/2
Subject Code: 8240

Skills developed through our GCSE Business and Communication Systems

This specification supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 4 and gives students further opportunities to achieve their potential and develop skills for life. It encourages students to develop as effective and independent learners and critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

GCSE Business and Communication Systems helps students to recognise that their knowledge of business and the use of software applications will provide a sound basis for a future role as employee or employer. They also develop skills that are useful in many careers. These skills include decision-making, using data, problem-solving, analysis and evaluation.

For more information on this specification contact:

Crea McCormick
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2239
Nuala Tierney
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2292