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  • General

    Business and Communication Systems (BACS)

    Business and Communication Systems is a really interesting course, which is very practical based. You will learn about how businesses operate and manage employees, but mostly you will develop a bank of valuable ICT skills that you can continue to develop beyond your GCSEs. You will learn how to set up and use spreadsheets and databases as well as more simple tasks, such as how to write a formal business letter and design logos.


    You will Study:

    • ICT in Business ÔÇô you will learn about how ICT is used in business, from networks to spreadsheets, databases, graphics and word processing
    • Human Resources ÔÇô You will learn about how businesses recruit new workers, then keep them happy and motivated i.e. rewards, bonuses and training. You will also learn how to calculate pay.
    • Communications ÔÇô you will learn about how business use different methods to communicate with their customers and suppliers as well as how they communicate internally.
    • The Business Environment ÔÇô you will learn about how business is organised internally and across sites and how they take the needs of many sectors into account when making decisions.
    • Workplace Organisation ÔÇô you will learn how and why offices are designed in certain ways, from what furniture should be included to whether or not workers should have their own office or not!

    You will Learn:

    • Knowledge and understanding of various aspects of business
    • Important ICT skills that will equip you for whatever you decide to do after your GCSEs
    • How to work independently
    • How to manage your time efficiently

    Strategies Include:

    • Working mostly on a computer to develop skills in using different software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, desk top publishing and databases.
    • Studying business scenarios
    • Looking at case studies of real businesses
    • Investigating the use of ICT in businesses
    • Games and quizzes
    • Independent work that will allow you to develop your learning.
    • Online and group based discussions
    • Creation of podcasts
    • Practical and theory assessment
    • Use of the 'learning to learn' framework

    Cross Curricular Links

    There are many opportunities for you to develop your numeracy/literacy and ICT skills during the course. Creation of project write-ups will help you to improve your literacy skills and prepare you for the world of work. Verbal questioning, brainstorming and group work should help you further develop vital speaking and listening skills essential for working within any business. The practical nature of the subject lends itself to strengthening your ICT skills. The use of common programs including word processing software, desktop publishing software, spreadsheet software and databases should help you to advance your ICT skills and provide you with the skills required at a business level. Finallly carrying out simple calculations, creating graphs and writing formulas should help you to become more confidence when working with numbers.


    There is a written paper (1 hour) worth 40% of the final grade, a practical paper (1› hours) worth 35% and a controlled assessment which will required you to undertake an investigation into the use of ICT in a business (4 hours with an additional 8 hours preparation time) worth the final 25%.

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    Course Preparation

    You will need to set up a BACS folder in you home area containing the following sub folders.

    1. Getting Started
    2. Daily Observer
    3. Tinka Toys
    4. The Royal Hotel
    5. Indigo Clothing
    6. Revitalise
    7. Smartsound Records
    8. Revision

    Submission and Assessment of Work

    All project work will be submitted and marked electronically. You will receive both a summative grade alongside formative feedback. All work should be presented in a suitable business manner complete with front cover and a footer and header on each page. Inserting relevent clipart will help to make your project more appealing and make it easier for you to remember.


    Homework will be set during lessons. In year 10 you are expected to complete at least one learning exercise and in year 11 at least two. This is in┬áin addition to completing any incomplete classwork. A typical weekÔÇÖs homework would be one quiz or an online submission. In addition to compulsory homework, it is also recommended that that you carry out┬áindependent revision.

    • Topic 1

      Getting Started

      Starting any new course can be very daunting especially if you have never studied the subject before. This task will provide you with the opportunity to ask course related questions and to reflect on the outline of the course. You will produce a spider diagram in order to simplify the information on the course and learn how to insert a footer and header.


      By the end of this task you will be able to:

      • Explain┬áthe course and the teaching strategies used
      • Explain how this course is assessed
      • Create a spider using the diagram tools
      • Insert a footer and header into a document
      • Reflect on your course knowledge