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.
At the time of writing, please note that due to the ongoing reforms the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is Summer 2018. You will have the opportunity to move to our new IGCSE Business course, which will be launched around September 2017, with first exams in Summer 2019.
No previous knowledge is required for this course.
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
- 2 hours, 100% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
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
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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.
How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.
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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
- 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
- Recruitment and selection
- 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
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