Business and Communication Systems
Why study Business and Communication Systems?
Business and Communication Systems combines elements of the Business Studies and ICT courses. It investigates why someone would choose to start a business, along with the structure it could take (sole trader, partnership, public limited company etc.) and the factors that could influence its performance, including customer expectations and competitor actions. The course also explores how current and emerging business technologies are important in the success or failure of a business. Candidates will be required to apply ICT skills in a business context. The course provides good preparation for further education and careers that require the effective selection and application of communication systems in a business situation.
Business and Communication Systems is aimed at students who wish to develop an understanding of current and emerging business technologies, but also have a desire to demonstrate their ability to use communication system tools in a business context effectively.
Overview of GCSE Business and Communication Systems (KS4) – http://www.ocr.org.uk/
How are candidates assessed?
Candidates are assessed through three units of assessment.
• Year 11: Unit A265 – Business and their Communication Systems (50% – 1 ½ hr written exam)
• Year 11: Unit A266 – Developing Business Communication Systems (25% – controlled assessment)
• Year 11: Unit A267 – ICT Skills for Business Communication Systems (25% – 1 hr practical exam)
What will be learnt?
• Unit A265 – Business and their communication systems – this unit examines the reasons for starting a business, why they may succeed or fail, as well as the influence of customers and competitors on decision making. Procedures for checking internal and external business communications, hardware (input and output devices etc.), ecommerce and data security are also covered.
• Unit A266 – Developing business communication systems – candidates will be required to critically examine communication systems in a range of organisations and make suggestions for improvement. Part of this will include describing and evaluating the main methods of business communication, evaluating the application of common devices (mobile phones, faxes, video conferencing, satellite navigation etc.) and producing formal business documentation (reports, letters, slide show presentations, internet web pages etc.).
• Unit A267 – ICT skills for business communication systems – candidates will develop the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to maintain and use business communication systems based on standard office software (word processing, DTP, presentation, web-creation, spreadsheet, database, diary management and graphics). They will assess the benefits and drawbacks of each one in relation to business.