Business Studies International GCSE

Due to ongoing reforms, the final opportunity to sit exams for this specification is Summer 2018. Our new course for 2019 exams onwards will be available from Autumn 2017.

Due to the short amount of time left until the Summer 2018 exam session, we advise students to reconsider moving their exam intention to Summer 2019 and enrolling on our new course. If you do decide to go ahead with 2018 exams, the deadline for enrolling is 31st December and we strongly recommend adding our Fast Track service to your enrolment. After this final date you would need to enrol on our new course.

This IGCSE in business studies is designed to impart all the information you need to gain a sound understanding of the fundamentals of business. You can expect to learn about relevant terminology, concepts and methods, examine business-related issues affecting both the UK and international markets, develop a critical approach and learn to analyse business data. Perfect for anyone wishing to work in business, and also giving a head-start to anyone thinking about studying business at a higher level, this distance learning course forms a comprehensive introduction to the world of commerce, industry and finance. Full details of the course can be found below.

Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.



Entry requirements

No previous knowledge is required for this course.


This course follows specification 4BS0 from the awarding organisation Edexcel. Full details of the specification can be obtained from Edexcel's website.

Hours of study

As a guideline, you should allow for between 120 and 150 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period up until the final exam opportunity in Summer 2018.

Exams and assessment

One exam:

  • 2 hours, 100% of marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • None

All exams must be taken in the same session.
At the time of writing, please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is Summer 2018.

NEC's tutor-marked assignments:

  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 15 assignments


Additional information

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How to enrol

How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:

  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

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Module 1: Business activity and the changing environment

  • Business, its aims and objectives
  • Types of private sector business organisations
  • Public ownership
  • Stakeholders
  • Factors of production
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary activity
  • Location of industry
  • Government influences on business
  • External influences
  • Judging success

Module 2: Human resources

  • Internal organisation
  • Communication
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Training
  • Motivation and rewards

Module 3: Accounting and finance

  • External and internal sources of finance
  • Budgets and cash flow forecasts
  • Costs and break-even analysis
  • Financial statements
  • Ratios and performance

Module 4: Marketing

  • The market
  • The marketing mix: product
  • The marketing mix: price
  • The marketing mix: distribution (place)
  • The marketing mix: promotion
  • Market research

Module 5: Production

  • Economies and diseconomies of scale
  • Methods of production
  • Productivity
  • Quality
Including area code and country code (if outside of UK)

IGCSE Business Studies Course Sample

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What our students say...

"Studying can be hard but enjoyable. The distance learning courses are designed to be easy to follow and they enable you to develop self-motivation, a helpful skill to have. All the staff at the NEC are very kind and helpful – they and the tutors make learning a pleasant experience."
— Tasmyn Johnson