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Which is the better GCSE Business and Communication specification?

Discussion in 'Business studies' started by cammyd, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. I have been charged with the introduction of GCSE Business and Communication Systems as from September 2011 and was wondering which specification people felt was the most engaging and of interest to pupils. My pupil base will be a mixed level and I have carefully looked through each of the three main specifications and have reached the following conclusions but would like additional input from those actually delivering the course:
    AQA
    Specification seems to focus too much upon the information systems element of the course and provides very little opportunity for the teaching of much business related material. I like the prospect of a practical ICT exam but would consider the lack of business material to hinder my enjoyment in delivering the specification.
    EDEXCEL
    The specification is almost the complete opposite of the AQA equivalent and focuses very strongly upon the business studies element, Infact, I felt that the volume of material to be covered was substantial and possibly too much given that there are two examination papers. I did not see an equal balance between business and communication systems and the lack of a practical ICT based examination was a negative.
    OCR
    This specification would initially seem to offer the best balance of business and communication systems. The course provided a practical ICT element and the controlled assessment seemed to provide a realistic amount of time for both the research and subsequent write-up. The course has a clear divide between the business and communication elements and this would enable it to be delivered via two teachers (one a business specialist and the other an ICT specialist).
    Any additional thoughts please?
     
  2. I have been charged with the introduction of GCSE Business and Communication Systems as from September 2011 and was wondering which specification people felt was the most engaging and of interest to pupils. My pupil base will be a mixed level and I have carefully looked through each of the three main specifications and have reached the following conclusions but would like additional input from those actually delivering the course:
    AQA
    Specification seems to focus too much upon the information systems element of the course and provides very little opportunity for the teaching of much business related material. I like the prospect of a practical ICT exam but would consider the lack of business material to hinder my enjoyment in delivering the specification.
    EDEXCEL
    The specification is almost the complete opposite of the AQA equivalent and focuses very strongly upon the business studies element, Infact, I felt that the volume of material to be covered was substantial and possibly too much given that there are two examination papers. I did not see an equal balance between business and communication systems and the lack of a practical ICT based examination was a negative.
    OCR
    This specification would initially seem to offer the best balance of business and communication systems. The course provided a practical ICT element and the controlled assessment seemed to provide a realistic amount of time for both the research and subsequent write-up. The course has a clear divide between the business and communication elements and this would enable it to be delivered via two teachers (one a business specialist and the other an ICT specialist).
    Any additional thoughts please?
     
  3. I teach both business and ICT at KS3 and KS4 and find the OCR spec does offer the best balance of Biz and ICT for our pupils at GCSE level. We have the first Y11 cohort going through this Summer, we are pleased with the results so far, and will be completing a full evaulation after the results in August.

    The accompanying text book and resources are straight forward to use for both teachers and pupils.

    Good luck with the new course in September.
     
  4. I do AQA BaCs and it works really well with the kids. I also do AQA Business Studies and Edexcel ICT. In all honesty, I haven't looked into the other forms of BaCS by other exam boards because I know the AQA one works well and does what I need it to do.
     
  5. I am looking for a gcse with a balance of ITC and business, we currently only offer Edexcel Business. Now that AQA have decided to withdraw their Business Communication Systems I have been looking round for an alternative. How have you found the OCR, and most importantly, your results?
     
  6. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    Given the latest OFQUAL announcement you may wish to consider something other than BCS
     

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