Business Studies IGCSE Course

£ 306.94

Study Business Studies at home with the Distance Learning Centre's IGCSE course. Learn HR, Accounting & Finance, Marketing & Production.

Course Description

The Business Studies IGCSE Course looks at the business aspects of organisations within their economic, political and social contexts. Each lesson of the Business IGCSE home study course begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study and is designed to meet the requirements of the Edexcel 4BS1 specification.

The performance of business is studied from a range of perspectives. Using case studies, your course ensures that you have knowledge, understanding and experience of the real world of business organisations. The use of case study materials also requires that you use a variety of methods to analyse and evaluate this evidence and thus make reasoned judgements in the context of real business scenarios.

The home study course consists of five modules and twenty-two lessons in total, with ten tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Specification and Exams

The Business Studies IGCSE home study course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE Business (4BS1) Specification for examinations in May/June 2021 or later years. Assessment is by two written papers.

  • Exam Paper 1 – Investigating small businesses (1 Hour, 30 Minutes) is 50% of the total marks. The exam consists of four compulsory questions each worth 20 marks. The sub-questions are a mixture of multiple-choice, short-answer, data-response and open-ended questions.
  • Exam Paper 2 – Investigating large businesses (1 Hour, 30 Minutes) is 50% of the total marks. The exam consists of four compulsory questions each worth 20 marks. The sub-questions are a mixture of multiple-choice, short-answer, data-response and open-ended questions.

Business Studies IGCSE Course Syllabus

The Business Studies IGCSE Home Study Course is Divided into Five Modules Containing 22 Lessons:

The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Business in the CommLessony and its Environment; External Factors affecting Business; Types of Business Organizations: Ownership and Operation (1); Types of Business: Ownership and Operation (2); Comparing Businesses; Business Aims and Objectives; Growth; Location Decisions; and Judging Success.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: The Structure of Organisations; Methods of Management; Case Studies and Problems of Management; and Recruitment, Training and Personnel Management.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons:
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Sources and Uses of Finance; Business Planning; Financial Records; and Profitability, Liquidity, and Performance.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Market Planning and Research; The Marketing Mix; Ethics, the Environment and the Law.


There are no prerequisites for starting this course. We don’t recommend that you should study more than 5 GCSE or IGCSE courses at any one time.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course. All applications are subject to acceptance from our course advisory team.

Additional Reading

The Business Studies IGCSE Course is designed to be a complete preparation for the IGCSE examination and their is no compulsory supporting textbook.

However if you want to read more widely around your subject we recommend the following texts:

  • Edexcel International GCSE Business Studies Student Book with ActiveBook CD by Rob Jones (ISBN-13 978-0435046743)
  • Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies Coursebook with CD-ROM by Mark Fisher, Veenu Jain & Medi Houghton. (ISBN-13: 978-1107680258)

We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.

Duration & Support

Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA’s) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Edexcel IGCSE Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All Edexcel specification IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. Most examination centres in the UK will be independent or private schools. Edexcel IGCSE exams can also be sat in over 150 countries through International Schools or British Consulates.

We offer course materials and tutor support although we don’t offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their exams. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the Edexcel page for private candidates.

Examination Dates and Exam fees:

Most IGCSE examinations are only available in the Summer examination window although some exams (Sciences and Maths) can be sat in a January examination window. We recommend students aim for the Summer examination window as there are less centres available for the January exams. If students are aiming towards the January exams, we recommend finding a centre before enrolling on the course. Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs.

Please Note: The nearest examination window we can accept students aiming towards is now Summer 2022.

Any student aiming for the Summer 2022 examination window will need to be enrolled on the course by 14 November 2021. Students can aim towards Summer 2023 exams if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.

Predicted Grades & References

Predicted grades without a reference are available free of charge on request. If applying to a college or other further education establishment and you require a refernce with predicted grades then this is available at an additional cost of £45.00. A course advisor will discuss your predicted grades and progress with each individual tutor and put together a comprehensive reference that can be sent on your behalf. 

Please Note: Students need to have completed a minimum of four assignments per subject in order for us to have something to base our reference/prediction on. 

Additional information

Course Format

Paper Based Materials

Self-Study Time

Approximately 200 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

7 Working Days (Courier Service)