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
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 email@example.com) or telephone 01483 477715.
assessment. The “Spec at a glance” chart is at
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
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