Cardinal Allen
Catholic High School

Business and Communication Systems


GCSE Business and Communication Systems teaches students fundamental principles of business and how they use communication methods to operate effectively. GCSE BACS allows students to gain a valuable insight into the work of work through the use of case study based projects, a controlled assessment as well as both practical and theory based examinations. The course furnishes students with the knowledge and understanding that will adequately prepare them for the world of work for a variety of occupations in both the private and public business sectors.

GCSE Business and Communication Systems

Course Components

Unit 8 - ICT Systems in Business (40% of final GCSE)

This unit introduces candidates to the importance of business and communication systems which contribute to the success of a business, in achieving its objectives. In particular, candidates will consider how ICT systems affect the way people work and how they can potentially improve communication both internally and externally.

Candidates will be encouraged to consider not only the benefits of ICT in the workplace, but also the potential risks relating to the health and safety of staff and the security of data.

Unit 9 - Using ICT in Business (35% of final GCSE)

This unit introduces candidates to a range of software applications used to support each function of a business. It helps candidates to understand how a business can use software to capture, store, retrieve and analyse data so as to meet its requirements. Students will become proficient in the use of industry based software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Publisher and PowerPoint within a business context.

Unit 10 - Investigating ICT in Business (25% of final GCSE)

This unit is a controlled assessment and assesses the subject content in Unit 9 Using ICT in Business. The work must be each candidate's own individual response, produced under controlled conditions.

Students will be given 8 hours to research and prepare for the assessment thoroughly before producing their final piece ready for submission for 4 hours under exam conditions.


After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

  • Drop in sessions
  • All computer suites are available to students after school
  • Independant study - all resources are available on the vle


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    The links below will take you to subject specific information outlining the current Key Stage 3 and 4 Course Guide.

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