Business Studies


Ms C Doherty (Head of Department)

Business Studies Department


Students who study GCSE Business and Communication Systems will follow the CCEA Specification. Business and Communication Systems is an exciting and practical subject that recognises how ICT is in the foreground of all business activities.

What will I study?

Unit 1: Use of ICT
You will have the opportunity to develop your ICT skills in a business context. You will learn how to use different types of software applications. These include:

  • word-processing
  • spreadsheets
  • charts
  • databases
  • presentations
  • email

Unit 1: is a computer-based examination of 2 hour's duration and will test your ICT skills in a business context. This examination is worth 40% of the overall GCSE qualification.

Unit 2: The Business Environment
You will study:

  • types of business
  • business aims
  • stakeholders
  • uncertainty, risk, reward and change

The written examination for Unit 2 is 1 hour long. This examination paper is worth 35% of the overall GCSE qualification.

Unit 3: E-Commerce
You will study how ICT has changed the business environment.
This unit is assessed through controlled assessment. For this unit, you will design a website and explain its business rationale through a PowerPoint presentation. This unit is worth 25% of the overall GCSE qualification.

A Level

Students who study GCE Applied Business (Single Award) will follow the CCEA Specification.

What will I study?

AS Units

Unit 1: The Enterprising Business
This is an introductory unit, which gives the candidates an opportunity to gain an overview of the enterprising business and how it creates market opportunities.

Unit 2: The Enterprising Manager
This unit gives an overview of how the enterprising manager uses Finance and People effectively.

Unit 3: External Influences on the Business Enterprise
The emphasis should be on investigating the impact of external conditions on businesses and their responses to changed in economic and market conditions, environmental issues, social and ethical issues and legal and self-regulatory constraints.

A2 Units

Unit 7: Finance
The focus of this unit will be the preparation and interpretation of final accounts, sources of finance, interpretation of accounts, investment appraisal, absorption costing, breakeven analysis and budgeting.

Unit 8: Quality Management
The focus of this unit will be on the production of goods and services. Candidates will investigate how a business ensures that its production process deliver quality results. They will also investigate the concepts of process improvement within a TQM approach.

Unit 9: Enterprise in Practice
This practical unit should be delivered through the planning and running of either a mini-enterprise or a virtual enterprise and include:

  • aims and objectives
  • target market / market research
  • marketing issues
  • financial analysis and planning
  • resources management
  • recommendations
  • evaluation of outcomes and /or processes

Extra Curricular

Students can avail of open access to ICT resources from 8.15 - 9am every morning. Throughout the year there are after school facilities in the Business Studies department where all students can avail of the ICT facilities to continue with coursework.

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