Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19



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(Version 3) For first teaching from September 2009, for first assessment from Summer 2010, for first award in Summer 2011. NOTE: CCEA will NOT be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

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Our GCSE in Business and Communication Systems is divided into three units:

  • Use of ICT;
  • The Business Environment; and
  • E-Commerce.

Students must complete all three themes. The content of each theme is outlined in more detail below.

Use of ICT

  • Word-Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Charts
  • Databases
  • Presentations
  • Using the Internet and Email

The Business Environment

  • Business Activity
  • Types of Business Ownership
  • Aims of Business
  • The Role of the Social Enterprise
  • Uncertainty, Risk, Reward and Change
  • Stakeholders
  • Customers
  • Communication
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Methods: Primary/Field and Secondary/Desk
  • Competition
  • Marketing Mix
  • Remuneration
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Training


  • Role of ICT
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of E-Business
  • Effective Business Websites
  • Legal Implications of E-Business
  • Web Design

For more information, see the specification.