In the IGCSE Business Studies online course you'll learn what makes a business work.
You'll discover the issues that need to be considered when setting up a business, and the roles that marketing, human resources and financial planning play in its initial success.
In addition, you'll learn about the day to day operations of business and explore the techniques and methods available for successful management.
As you progress through the business basics, you'll use the terminology, concepts and methods of business effectively and be able to recognise the strengths and limitations of these ideas. You'll be able to appreciate the range of different stakeholder perspectives in relation to business activities.
Throughout the IGCSE Business course, you'll use a critical approach to distinguish between facts and opinion. You'll evaluate qualitative and quantitative data to help build arguments and make informed judgements.
By the end of the course, you'll have firm grasp of how businesses function and become successful. These fundamentals are essential for anyone considering a career in business.
The Business Studies IGCSE course is designed to prepare you for the Edexcel IGCSE Business Studies (4BS0 specification) exams that take place in June every year.
You'll learn about:
Business Activity and the Changing Environment
Accounting and Finance
The IGCSE Business course is perfect if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. It's also a suitable foundation if you're thinking about studying Business or business-related subjects at a higher level, or if you're an aspiring entrepreneur.
You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our IGCSE Business Studies course. That's because we believe in making home study - and a rewarding future - as accessible as possible.
An IGCSE in Business Studies will give you vital skills that can lead onto A Level and further study in a variety of fields. Continuing your study of business to a higher level could help you land a well-paying corporate job or become an entrepreneur.
You'll find your IGCSE Business Studies will demonstrate to employers that you have business acumen, the ability to commit to learning, and good reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.
If you're aiming to attend university, you'll likely continue your study with A Levels. If you have a specific course in mind, you should contact the institution directly to find out their entry requirements.
You can either pay for your course in full or opt for an interest-free payment plan. You'll pay a small deposit and the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can extend the terms or pay your balance off sooner if you choose.
Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.
Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students.
Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step modules so you can easily keep track of your progress.
You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.
You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:
You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.
They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be marked and given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.
Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.
Practice Test Papers
You'll submit five test papers to your tutor throughout the course. They'll be marked and given constructive feedback so you know exactly where your strengths are and what you need to work on. This also means your tutor can keep track of your progress and understanding.
Exams are held every June, and are set nationally by Edexcel.
The IGCSE Business Studies exam consists of one 2-hour written paper divided into two sections. You'll answer a variety of questions based on a business-related context that'll be given at the start of each section. The context is given to 'set the scene', and relevant data and contextual information will be repeated within the questions when required.
Questions can be in a variety of forms, such as short answer, structured, data response and open-ended. Questions in both sections will be drawn from all areas of the subject content.
Please note that you're responsible for making your own exam arrangements. We'll remind you when it's time to do this, and give you all the information you need to find a suitable exam centre. You'll need to pay a fee to the centre.
Find out more about arranging your exams here, or speak to one of our course advisors.
Exam fees aren't included in your course fees, as they'll be paid directly to the exam centre. The cost will vary depending on the centre you choose, with private schools and colleges being more expensive than state schools.
Find out more about arranging your exams here, or speak to one of our course advisors. We're happy to help!