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UK Open College IGCSE Business Studies Course
UK Open College

IGCSE Business Studies Course

UK Online, United Kingdom

300 Hours


Part time

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GBP 359 / per course

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Business Studies encompasses many of the aspects of everyday transactions, from setting up a company to understanding how purchases are made, from understanding how marketing works to accounting and finance.

This completely new IGCSE course is designed to help meet the needs of those who want an introduction to this challenging subject either with a view to further study at A Level or simply to supplement a portfolio of IGCSE/GCSE subjects. This qualification will provide you with a broad introduction to the key components of this exciting and challenging field.

  • Qualification: IGCSE Business Studies
  • Accredited: Yes
  • QCF Recognised: Yes
  • Awarding Body: Edexcel
  • Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
  • Duration: Flexible - Approx 300 Hours - 12 Months Max Support


Unit 1: Business Activity and the Changing Environment

  • Objectives
  • Types of organisation
  • Factors of Production
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary activity
  • Location
  • Government influences on business activity and objectives
  • External influences
  • Judging Success
  • End of Unit Submission

Unit 2: Human Resources

  • Internal Organisation
  • Communication
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Training
  • Motivation and Rewards
  • End of Unit Submission

Unit 3: Accounting and Finance

  • External and Internal Sources of Finance
  • Budgets and Cash Flow Forecasts
  • Cost and Break-Even Analysis
  • Financial Statements
  • Ratios and Performance
  • End of Unit Submission

Unit 4: Marketing

  • The Market
  • The Marketing Mix
  • Market Research
  • End of Unit Submission

Unit 5: Production

  • Economies and Diseconomies of Scale
  • Methods of Production
  • Productivity
  • Quality
  • End of Unit Submission


Students looking to enrol in this course should meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged 14 Years or above
  • Possess a solid knowledge of the English language
  • Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
  • Basic computer skills: e.g Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
  • Have a genuine desire to succeed

To sit Edexcel examination students must register as a private candidate with an approved examination centre prior to enrolment.


Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 300. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.

We would encourage students to seriously consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic!

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to achieve, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side.

Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual. Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the 12 month tuition period. If you require additional time an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed.


Online: Access our premium online cloud-based learning system where you are able to access all of your course lessons, assignments and tutor correspondence in one place. Download the APP and access your course information on any device from anywhere in the world with an internet signal. This course is not available in hard copy/paper format,

Once the administration matters have been cleared up, we will look at the specification we will be following, namely the IGCSE Business Studies Syllabus code 4BS0. As part of your course, you will be supplied with the Study Guide for IGCSE and A Levels. Do make use of this as it has been written to help you with your studies and to supplement the specific information and guidance given in the course material itself.

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