The Year 10 exam is in two parts: * an objective test exam, requiring students to develop thinking skills within the year (objective tests should not be underestimated) but leaving written skills such as evaluation to Year 11 - this exam accounts for 25 per cent of the total GCSE assessment * the controlled assessment task, which many centres will get students to carry out the research in the June/July period at the end of year 10 - it accounts for 25 per cent of the total GCSE. There are four main sections: * the process of communication (barriers plus the effects of good and bad communications on staff) * communication with stakeholders of a business * business communication tools * communication via the web (creating a simple website, domain names and the legal obligations of websites).
The New GCSE Courses Business and Communication Systems from our website: www.aqa.org.uk. (Printed copies can be requested from the website.) Business and Communication Systems comprises There is also additional support material three units: available in our Teacher Resource Bank on the website. Unit 8: ICT Systems in Business Unit 9: ICT in Business Support and help from AQA Unit 10: Investigating ICT in Business. We are running several teacher meetings Although the structure and content of the between April and June 2009; further specification is very similar to AQA’s current GCSE information is available on our website. (3260), some new aspects have been introduced, such as using software to design a web page and For any other information please contact Rod to produce presentations. The main difference in Short or Rupert Masters (business- assessment is the introduction of a controlled firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone 01483 477715. assessment. The “Spec at a glance” chart is at http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcse/pdf/AQA- Need more information? 4130-W-TRB-KF.PDF AQA’s new GCSE specification and specimen assessment materials can be downloaded free GCSE 2009 FROM EDEXCEL – – that is, one requiring no continuous prose answers. A TESTED, SUCCESSFUL NEW A reduction in terminology overload. The BUSINESS GCSE focus is on learning to use key concepts, not In summer 2009 Edexcel’s enterprise-based GCSE on memorising a dictionary. Business Pilot completes three successful years. Year 11 options, so that three GCSEs – More than 15,000 students tackled the objective- Business Studies, Economics and test Unit 1 exam. The view of the teachers who Communications – can be generated from the taught on the pilot was remarkably enthusiastic. same Year 10 core. Within centres offering This year the Business Pilot is being carried the Business Pilot, 25 per cent of candidates through to become the Edexcel Business 2009 have taken up the economics option in Year GCSE package. 11, a far higher proportion than is true of GCSE Economics in general. The Business Pilot has three distinctive features. The enterprise-based Year 10 course A modular structure based on a common (half a GCSE) (Year 10) core rooted in students’ favourite topic: business enterprise. This gives a Year 10 The most obvious success has been the Year 10 exam opportunity based on an objective test enterprise module. Teachers have been delighted Year 10 Core Starting a
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