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GCSE Business Studies Course

What board do we do? Edexcel (4BS0/01).

What is Business Studies?
The course is designed to give students a sound understanding of business and the ability to use knowledge, skills and understanding appropriately in the context of international markets and the United Kingdom (UK).

Which subjects combine well with Business Studies? Business combines with any other arts or science subjects at IGCSE.

What can Business Studies lead to? A good grade at IGCSE can enable you to go on to study for AS GCE Business or an equivalent qualification.  In particular it helps students to: 

  • relate their learning to real business examples
  • be aware of current issues which affect businesses, their operation and success, and how they adapt to change
  • focus on current business practice
  • understand the importance of seeing business issues and situations through different perspectives
  • be aware that information communication technology is essential to business decision making processes and success, and affects all functional areas of business.


What's assessed at IGCSE?

  1. Business Activity and the Changing Environment – examines the objectives of businesses, the changing environment and the 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 those objectives.
  2. Human Resources – looks at people in organisations focusing on their roles, relationships and management in business.
  3. Accounting and Finance – explores the use of accounting and financial information as an aid to decision making.
  4. Marketing – focuses on identifying and satisfying customer needs in a changing and competitive international environment. 
  5. Production – examines the way organisations use and manage resources to produce goods and services.

How is the subject assessed?

The assessment of this qualification is through a two-hour written examination paper, set and marked by Edexcel. There are 5 questions, each worth a total of 20 marks. The total number of marks available is 100.  Each question has a mixture of multiple choice questions and some short and longer answer questions.

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