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1Course Overview

IGCSE Business Studies - Fast Track

Course code: OSC1245

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The IGCSE Business Studies is an internationally renowned qualification that is recognised worldwide by universities, schools and employers as equivalent in status and academic rigour to a UK GCSE.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in business, the IGCSE Business Studies course is ideal for:

  • Students who are planning to study business at A-Level
  • Those aspiring to achieve a career involving business, such as accountancy, marketing and human resources

The IGCSE Business Studies course enables you to:

  • Understand how business operates in, and is influenced by, the wider environment
  • Learn the importance of human resources as a key aspect of any organisation
  • Understand the key elements of business finance, such as budgets, cash flow, and break even
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification for further studies in business at A-Level and BTEC Level
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2Course Content

Syllabus Number: CIE 0450

Section 1: Understanding Business Activity
  • Business Activity
  • Classification of businesses
  • Enterprise, business growth and size
  • Types of business organisation
  • Business objectives and stakeholder objectives
Section 2: People in business
  • Motivating workers
  • Organisation and management
  • Recruitment, selection and training of workers
  • Internal and external communication
Section 3: Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Marketing Mix
  • Marketing Strategy
Section 4: Operations management
  • Production of goods and services
  • Costs, scale of production and break-even analysis
  • Achieving Quality Production
  • Location decisions
Section 5: Financial accounting and decisions
  • Business finance: needs and sources
  • Cash flow and working capital
  • Income statements
  • Balance sheets
  • Analysis of accounts
Section 6: External influences on business activity
  • Government economic objectives and policies
  • Environmental and ethical considerations
  • Business and the international economy
3Other Information

To achieve an IGCSE in business studies you will be assessed across the 6 sections. All sections will be assessed by 2 paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

  • Paper: Paper 1 Business Studies
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Weighing: 50% of the IGCSE
  • Total Marks: 80
  • Assessment: Four questions with a mixture of short answers and structured data responses
  • Paper: Paper 2 Business Studies
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Weighing: 50% of the IGCSE
  • Total Marks: 80
  • Assessment: Four questions based on a case study
  • Although you are assessed formally by examination, you will also be required to submit tutor-marked assignments. These are designed to help you and monitor your progress.
  • Please note: Exams for this course must be sat in June or November 2019.
Course Duration

You will have 12 months to complete the full IGCSE Business Studies course from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an IGCSE Business Studies by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent online or by post, so receiving your materials is easy and hassle-free. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course you will receive an IGCSE in Business Studies.

The IGCSE is recognised by universities, schools and employers around the world as an international equivalent to a UK GCSE. It is awarded by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

It serves as ideal preparation for follow-up courses, such as A/AS Level, the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), US Advanced Placement Programme and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.


Course Questions & Answers

Is this the same qualification as a GCSE from a school or college?

Yes! IGCSE’s are equivalent to GCSE’s. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, you receive full tutor support via email and they are internationally recognised.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of the course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet
  • * Not included with the online study option

Is there a required reading list?

No extra reading is required for the completion of this course.

Do I have to sit an exam?

You will need to take the official IGCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. Exams for this syllabus will need to be sat in June or November 2019. It is your responsibility to book and pay for these yourself. You can find out more about where to sit your examinations by visiting the Cambridge International Examination website.

Students are required to take full responsibility for making arrangements with their chosen test centre. 

Are there any additional costs?

You will be required to pay for your exams and fees to take your exams at the examining centre that you choose.

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this IGCSE course, but must take the examinations within the UK, as this is the only guaranteed way to access exam centres.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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