International GCSE Business Studies

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Business Studies IGCSE

This popular course introduces you to the wide range of skills required in the rapidly changing business environment of the 21st century. Employers are always looking for individuals who understand how businesses work and this course provides you with a thorough grounding in all aspects of managing people, finance, production and marketing.

The Oxford Open Learning course is designed to meet the requirements of the Edexcel 4BS0 specification and is divided into five modules, as follows:

  • Business activity and the changing environment
  • Human resources
  • Accounting and finance
  • Production
  • Marketing

This course concerns the business aspects of organisations within their economic, political and social contexts. Business Studies involves the investigation of how business adds value by organizing the production of goods and services. The performance of business is studied from a range of perspectives. Using case studies, your course ensures that you have knowledge, understanding and experience of the real world of business organisations. The use of case study materials also requires that you use a variety of methods to analyse and evaluate this evidence and thus make reasoned judgements in the context of real business scenarios.

Module One, Business Activity and the Changing Environment provides an overarching set of concepts, explores the Ownership and Control of Business, and investigates the Aims and Objectives of Business.

The first module provides a context within which the remainder of the Subject Content is to be studied. There is no optional content and the remaining four modules, Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, Production, and Marketing, focus on these aspects of business. It is important to remember that all aspects of business are closely inter-related, and that some lessons, for example, that on Location, may also be regarded as an important element of another module  (In the case of Location, this links closely with Production, as does Growth).  Be prepared to review earlier lessons when answering assignment questions.

For further details, please click on the link to the course introduction, to the right on this page.

Oxford Open Learning’s Business Studies IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel international GCSE in Business Studies (4BS0) for examination in June 2017 or later years.


Assessment is by one 2-hour written examination. There is no coursework.

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Business Studies IGCSE FAQs

The international GCSE Business Studies is of the same level as a GCSE and is examined by Edexcel, one of the UKs most trusted examination boards. A key difference is that IGCSE Business Studies does not include any classroom controlled assessment, making it convenient for distance learners.

The Business Studies International GCSE qualification is accepted as at least the equivalent of GCSE in UK sixth form colleges, FE colleges, universities and other HE institutions.

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