Upper School (IGCSEs)

Online IGCSE Business Studies


The IGCSE Business Studies Online Course at Cambridge Home School is intricately designed to cultivate students’ awareness and understanding of the dynamic business world. This esteemed IGCSE Business Studies Online qualification serves as a testament to students’ grasp of both theoretical principles and practical skills, essential in both public and private business settings.

Our Business Studies IGCSE Online curriculum not only offers a highly regarded qualification but also establishes a solid foundation for progression to A-Level Business Studies and beyond, paving the way for future university studies.

Homework, Assessment and Reporting

Students enrolled in our Online IGCSE Business Studies programme within the Upper School are mandated to complete at least one piece of homework per subject every fortnight for Level 3 and on a weekly basis for Level 4. Attaining success in the Upper School is further guaranteed by diligent revision of notes to reinforce learning following each lesson. The compilation of revision cards and specialized notes is indispensable for ensuring students are well-prepared in advance of their final examinations at the conclusion of the two-year IGCSE Business Studies Online Course.

Level 3 internal assessments are carried out in June, while Level 4 internal mock assessments occur in November and March. Reports for Level 3 are disseminated at the end of both the Autumn and Summer terms, whereas Level 4 reports are distributed following the mock assessments in the Autumn and Spring terms. These reports include grades for attainment and effort in each subject, accompanied by written commentary from Success Coaches and the Head Teacher.

Parents are strongly advised to maintain an open line of communication with teachers through their family Teams account, offering a distinct advantage of more granular tracking of student progress throughout the academic year compared to a conventional annual parent consultation evening.

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This International GCSE is well-regarded among colleges and universities as it is well-rounded allowing learners to have a grasp of key topics giving a firm basis from which to springboard into A Level and beyond.

The course is divided into 8 main topics, listed below.

  1. Understanding business activity
  2. People in business
  3. Marketing
  4. Operations management
  5. Financial information and decisions
  6. External influences on business activity
  7. Environmental and ethical issues
  8. Business and the international economy

Cambridge IGCSE and O Level Business Studies (5th ed.), by Borrington, K and Stimpson, P; published by Hodder (ISBN: 9781510421233)

Parents are responsible for arranging their child’s examinations at their local registered examination centre. Cambridge Home School students study from every part of the globe and so it is not practical for the school to offer a single venue to sit examinations. Consequently, Cambridge Home School is not registered with Cambridge International Examinations but has partnerships with examination centres registered with Cambridge International Examinations, Edexcel, OCR and AQA, and will support students in locating a suitable venue for sitting their written and practical examinations.

If you are intending to study A Level Business Studies, we recommend that you spend some time in the summer holidays preparing. Here are some suggested activities:


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Change Your Questions, Change Your Life by Marilee G. Adams

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Activity 1:

Identify an entrepreneur (ideally one in your home country). Answer and discuss the following:

  • Who are they?
  • What did they do?
  • What personal characteristics made them successful?

Activity 2:

Identify one business in your home country and answer the following questions:

  • What products and/or services do they sell?
  • What is the legal framework / form of ownership?
  • What suppliers do they need?
  • What range of people do they employ (e.g. the range of jobs)?
  • What other resource does the business need (e.g. land / capital)?

What does the online IGCSE Business Studies course aim to teach?

The online IGCSE Business Studies course is focused on developing students’ awareness and understanding of the business world. The qualification is esteemed for its comprehensive coverage of key theoretical principles and practical skills that are applicable in both public and private business sectors.

What is the homework requirement for the online IGCSE Business Studies class?

In the online IGCSE Business Studies class, students in the Upper School are required to complete at least one assignment every fortnight in Level 3 and every week in Level 4. To succeed, it’s crucial to revise notes and create revision cards for each topic as the course progresses, preparing students for the final exams at the end of the two-year course.

What is the assessment structure in the online IGCSE Business Studies course?

Students in the online IGCSE Business Studies course are assessed through Level 3 internal assessments in June and Level 4 internal mock assessments in November and March. Term-end reports are issued, consisting of grades for attainment and effort, along with comments from Success Coaches and the Head Teacher.

What topics are included in Business Studies IGCSE online?

The Business Studies IGCSE online course is comprehensive, covering eight main topics. These include understanding business activity, people in business, marketing, operations management, financial information and decisions, external influences on business activity, environmental and ethical issues, and business and the international economy.

How can parents monitor the progress of their children in the online IGCSE Business Studies class?

Parents are advised to use their family Teams account for maintaining regular communication with teachers. This method allows for more detailed tracking of student progress throughout the year, offering advantages over a single annual parent consultation evening.

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