Business

You will learn about how the world of business works and its relevance to almost every aspect of modern society.

Welcome to Business

Would you like to set up your own business and be a successful entrepreneur? Would you like to be a manager in a business? Have you got an interest in the news and how the government and their policies affect your everyday life? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then Business Studies is the IGCSE for you.

You will learn about how the world of business works and its relevance to almost every aspect of modern society. Amongst other topics, you will learn about planning, finance, marketing and economics and discover some of the methods and techniques used to analyze an organization’s performance.

What will you study during IGCSE Business Studies?

In IGCSE (CIE IGCSE) Business Studies, you will explore, investigate, and analyse both small and large businesses. Learning how changing environments can affect business success. Understanding how having clear business objectives will make a positive impact, as well as understanding the structure of organisations and the importance of clearly defined roles, relationships and management. In addition, you will explore marketing and operations, as well as accounting and financial information, including how such information can and should guide decision making.

We want our students to develop as independent learners and encourage them to use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts from opinions, form arguments and make informed judgements. IGCSE Business will also enable students to develop useful business skills and knowledge with Finance, Marketing and Human Resources.

Topics studied:

  • Students will learn about the purpose of business activity and the role of business enterprise and entrepreneurship, alongside the dynamic nature of business.
  • Students need to be aware of the impact that business has in the real world on the four functional areas of business:
  1. People in organisations
  2. Marketing
  3. Operations management
  4. Finance and accounting


What skills will you develop through your Business Studies course?

Through studying Business, you’ll develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills, becoming able to evaluate a range of data (both quantitative and non-quantitative) and learn how to make decisions and respond to stakeholders using such information. Not only are such skills valuable to learn on an academic level, but they can also prove invaluable for students on a personal level too. Whether that is learning how to manage their own personal finances, knowing which stocks and shares to invest in and becoming confident to do so, or perhaps starting up their own business.

IGCSE Business Studies will allow you to develop transferable skills that can improve your chances of being hired. They will stay with you for the rest of your life, regardless of what career path you take. Here is a list of the skills you will develop and perfect throughout your business studies ventures:

  • mathematical skills
  • presentation skills
  • adaptability and flexibility
  • planning and decision-making capabilities
  • understanding how businesses function
  • Understanding How Companies Work
  • Decision-making
  • Adaptability
  • Planning
  • Problem-solving


Extra-curricular – REVISION CLUBS (all subjects: KS4 and 5):

Subject teachers offer weekly classes to support Year 12 and 13 in consolidating their understanding and preparing for their mock and final examinations. It provides an opportunity for students to revise core subject material, practice examination skills, and stay motivated. It also helps students to develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills, socialise with peers, build confidence, and develop a strong study routine.

Business students often participate in Junior Achievement where they have the opportunity to work with students from other schools within a business environment.  They create a company, make, and sell products, and produce an annual report at the end of the academic year.

Students also enjoy participating in the Saxon Stock Market Competition which we are hoping to revive in October 2023.  This club allocates a fictitious sum of $100,000 to the students who then use a real-time stock market simulation to gain the highest returns. St. Ignatius students lead the tables in number of winning teams and are keen to defend their current status as champions.

Sixth Form Business

Business KS5

Business Studies A-level is a great choice for anyone interested in the world of commerce and entrepreneurship. It’s a great way to prepare for university courses in the fields of business and management, and to equip yourself with the know-how to start up your own business or follow a career in finance, accounting, marketing, or management post university.

Through Business Studies A-level, you’ll engage with the world of business through the context of current business developments and real business situations. You’ll learn how management, leadership and decision-making can improve performance in marketing, operational, financial, and human resources. You’ll also explore the interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect businesses, be they large or small, UK or internationally focused and in different sectors such as service or manufacturing.

What will you study during Business Studies A-level?

Studying A level Business, you will cover topics such as: 

  • Enterprise:
  • People in organisations
  • Marketing
  • Operations management
  • Finance and accounting
  • External influences on business activity
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Strategic management (A2 only)


The key concepts for AS & A Level Business are:

  • Change

Change is the only constant. New enterprises and opportunities are created in response to change in the external environment. Change can also happen within a business, leading to success when change is handled correctly.

  • Context

Context is the basis for every business decision. What might be a suitable solution in one situation may be unsuitable in another. Businesses must understand and research their context to be able to make good decisions.

  • Decision-making

Decision-making affects all levels in a business. Stakeholders in businesses use their knowledge, apply it to a scenario, analyse the data, evaluate the arguments and then come to a decision.

  • Enterprise

Enterprise is the ability to seek out and successfully develop business opportunities.

  • Innovation

Innovation enables a business to re-invent itself and stay ahead of the competition. The business world is dynamic and companies must seek to innovate through product development, more efficient processes and finding better ways to do business.

  • Strategy

Strategy is about knowing where you are, where you want to get to and how you are going to get there. Being able to analyse a business situation, make choices given relevant data and then implement this effectively is key to running a successful business.

What skills will you get from studying A Level Business?

You’ll learn how to analyse competitive environments and markets; assess how ethical, environmental, and technological factors influence decision making; use a range of quantitative and non-quantitative data to evaluate strategic and functional options; understand how decision made affect stakeholders and how they will respond. You’ll also develop your critical analysis, decision-making and problem-solving skills. The knowledge and skills gained on this course can be utilised in a huge range of business and management fields, are transferable across many areas of study and professions and can be used to manage your personal decision-making, planning and finances.

Future Careers:

Business students typically progress to careers in areas such as business development, marketing, recruitment and banking, although plenty of other options are available.

We live in a corporate world and the markets operate around us constantly. Because of this, business is a universal subject. There are few, if any, careers for which an understanding of business would not be of some benefit.  Business studies is also a key to attaining highly paid and challenging roles in all levels of management.

  • Business and Finance: Finance, Accountancy, Marketing, Risk Management, Sales Manager, Economist, Entrepreneur, Quantitative Analyst, Investment Banker, Fraud Examiner, Insurance Broker, Tax Adviser/Inspector, Auditor
  • Management and Analysis: Human Resources, Project Manager, Sustainability Officer, Compliance Officer, Credit Risk Analyst, Purchasing Manager
  • Communication and Relations: Media and Communications, Public Relations, Information Scientist
  • Services and Consulting: Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Property and Planning, Events Management, Recruitment Consultant, Investment Fund Executive

Extra-curricular – REVISION CLUBS (all subjects: KS4 and 5):

Subject teachers offer weekly classes to support Year 12 and 13 in consolidating their understanding and preparing for their mock and final examinations. It provides an opportunity for students to revise core subject material, practice examination skills, and stay motivated. It also helps students to develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills, socialise with peers, build confidence, and develop a strong study routine.

Business students often participate in Junior Achievement where they have the opportunity to work with students from other schools within a business environment.  They create a company, make, and sell products, and produce an annual report at the end of the academic year.

Students also enjoy participating in the Saxon Stock Market Competition which we are hoping to revive in October 2023.  This club allocates a fictitious sum of $100,000 to the students who then use a real-time stock market simulation to gain the highest returns. St. Ignatius students lead the tables in number of winning teams and are keen to defend their current status as champions.