Course Overview

The IGCSE Business Studies course is the first stepping stone on the way to a career in business. A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of basics and fundamental principles of business activity is essential for a new start up as well as expansion of an existing one. Public and private sector, not-for-profit companies and sporting organizations are all entities that rely on sound business planning. Employers inevitably look for business skills: master them and you have a skill set that is hard to ignore and future employment prospects would be tremendously boosted.

Course Content

The Business Studies IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the EDEXCEL IGCSE in Business Studies (4BS0) Specification for examinations in June 2012 and later years.
This course will give you an insight into what makes businesses tick. You will learn how to conduct a cost and benefit analysis with regards to a new set up and the implications and importance of financing, human resource and marketing etc. Various techniques and established methodologies would be looked at that enable successful management.

Familiarity and comfort with terminology, methodology and concepts would increase as you proceed with the course. You will develop critical thinking and analysing ability in due course of time and be able to construct arguments for and against certain ideas.

By the end of the course, it is expected that you will be able to appreciate the full spectrum of stakeholders involved in business activity.

Business Activity and the Changing Environment

This unit covers the various objectives of a business, changing business environments and criteria for judging success. The focus is on the importance of having clear business objectives and how the business environment provides opportunities for, and imposes constraints upon, the pursuit of these objectives.

Human Resources

This unit looks at people in organizations, focusing on their roles, relationships and management in business. You will focus on the importance of internal organisation and understand the functions of key departments, analyzing their relationships and interdependence. The focus will also be on understanding the roles and responsibilities of employees in terms of compliance and accountability.

Accounting and Finance

This unit explores the use of accounting and financial information as an aid to decision making. The focus is on understanding the main types of internal and external sources of finance for business organisations and the factors which influence the decision to use a particular source of finance in a given situation. You will be able to understand the purpose and content of the trading account, the profit and loss account and the balance sheet, and how the financial information they provide can be used to assess business performance.


This unit focuses on identifying and satisfying customer needs in a changing and competitive international environment. The focus will be on understanding the terms: market, market orientation, product orientation, marketing, market segments, market share and market research, and analysis of the role that each plays in the identification and satisfaction of customer needs in a changing and competitive market. The unit will also cover the main elements of the marketing mix and how they combine to satisfy customer needs in a changing and competitive environment.


This unit examines the way organisations use and manage resources to produce goods and services. The focus of the unit is on understanding how production, cost and decision making are related. The unit will also cover areas such as economies of scale, methods of production, productivity and quality. By the end of the unit you will be able to understand the term productivity and the methods and technology which can be used to increase it.

Payment Options
  • You can either pay for your course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.
  • Standard Course Fee: £500/month for a combination of five courses that includes Business Studies.
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  • Please note that you are responsible for making your own exam arrangements. You will have to pay an examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary depending on exam centre.
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Entry Requirements

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our IGCSE Business Studies course. Every possible effort has been made to make this type of education as accessible as possible.


Internal Assessment:

This will be in the form of on campus tests under the supervision of the tutor. They will be conducted as you progress through the course and will be designed to test knowledge of the material taught.

IGCSE Exams:

The IGCSE Business Studies exam consists of one 2-hour written paper set and marked by Edexcel.

  • The examination paper is divided into two sections - A and B. Students will be given compulsory short answer, structured, data response and open-ended questions on a business related context. Questions in both sections will be drawn from all areas of the subject content.
  • Section A will consist of questions targeted mainly or exclusively at knowledge, understanding and application
  • Section B will consist of questions targeted mainly or exclusively at selection, analysis and evaluation
  • Students will be given the business-related context at the start of Section A and will answer questions on this. A related context will be given at the start of Section B. The context for both sections is intended to set the scene - students will not be required to memorise this information. Relevant data information will be repeated within the questions when required.

No coursework is required as part of the assessment for this course. It is 100% exam based.

Assessment Date

Exams are held every June.

Sstudy/Support Period

Period for study/support is 12 months. This is the maximum available time and it may be reduced, depending on time period between your registration and exam period. During this time, you will have full access to data and information relevant to your course. However, you will have to be on campus to access on line data and library.


Attendance to lectures will be strictly monitored.

Future Prospects

An IGCSE in Business Studies will give you vital skills that can lead onto A Level and further studies in Business Studies, and could lead to a career in one of its associated fields. If you want to enter or progress in employment, you'll find your IGCSE Business Studies will demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.