IGCSE Business Studies

IGCSE Business Studies

Business Studies will look at how Businesses operate and function in a modern economy. The IGCSE will examine business concerns in a variety of countries across the globe and how they effectively manage in both the short and long term. There will be analysis of the creative side of business – how firms can create a successful brand image and align this against their corporate objectives. Plus we will look at the softer skills of people management and motivation. There is also a large numerical element of the course as the performance of businesses is assessed by analysis of their financial results. The course will equip students with the basic skills in Business Studies and act as the perfect foundation for study at a higher level.

Entry Requirements
• English – There is a requirement for students to produce analytical written answers. The students should be able to express themselves with clarity in a written format.

• Maths – The numerical content of this specification is high. The student should be comfortable with basic mathematical operations as well as percentages and ratios.

• Commitment – We expect a strong, focused commitment to Business Studies as the homework requirements are demanding.

Course Content

Section 1: Business and the Environment Objectives of Businesses/ Legal Structures/ Multinational Operations/ International Trade

Section 2: Human Resources Organisational Charts/ Motivation/ Communication/ Financial Rewards

Section 3: Accounting & Finance Sources of Finance/ Working Capital/ Budgets/ Cash Flow Forecasts/ Break Even Analysis

Section 4: Marketing Segmentation/ Marketing Mix/ Market Research

Section 5: Production Economies of Scale/ Methods of Production/ Lean Production/ Quality

Assessment

Exam Paper
Edexcel International GCSE in Business Studies (4BSO) Exam Paper: One paper 4BSO/01: Single Tier: 2 Hours: 100 Marks

Where does it lead?

The Edexcel IGCSE gives the best preparation for the study of Business at A-level. It is significant in that it develops the students numerical and analytical skills and these are transferable across a number of academic areas. As a subject, Business has an almost limitless array of applications and industries. Therefore, the IGCSE gives a realistic impression of the real world and prepares the student for what they might face in any career choice.

Reading List

Edexcel International GCSE Business Studies, Rob Jones Published by Pearson ISBN 978-0-435046-7-4-3

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