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Welcome to IGCSE, GCSE Business Studies

The syllabus has been divided into the following sections. Each section has a collection of revision notes, interactive quizzes, crosswords, gap fills, word search quiz, case studies, worksheets and lot of other goodies.

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business activity external environment
marketing people at work
finance and accounting business organisations
operations management  


This section also covers most of the topics for IB Business & Management, OCR , AQA, EDEXCEL GCSE Business studies and other curriculums from across the globe.

IGCSE Business Studies (450) at a glance

IGCSE Business Studies
Section Topics

Understanding business activity


  • Business activity
  • Classification of businesses
  • Enterprise, business growth and size
  • Types of business organisation
  • Business objectives and stakeholder objectives
People in business
  • Motivating workers
  • Organisation and management
  • Recruitment, selection and training of workers
  • Internal and external communication
  • Marketing, competition and the customer
  • Market research
  • Marketing mix
  • Marketing strategy
Operations management
  • Production of goods and services
  • Costs, scale of production and break-even analysis
  • Achieving quality production
  • Location decisions
Financial information and decisions
  • Business finance: needs and sources
  • Cash-flow forecasting and working capital
  • Income statements
  • Balance sheets
  • Analysis of accounts
External influences on business activity
  • Government economic objectives and policies
  • Environmental and ethical issues
  • Business and the international economy


Scheme of Assessment

Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies Syllabus code 0450

Candidates may either take 2 exam papers or 2 exam papers plus an additional coursework option.

Candidates take:

Paper 1 (1¾ hours)
Short-answer questions and structured/data response questions.
There will be no choice of questions.

50% of total marks.
If coursework option is chosen: 40% of total marks.

Paper 2 (1¾ hours)

Questions arising from a given case-study (not pre-released).
There will be no choice of questions.

50% of total marks.
If coursework option is chosen: 40% of total marks.

They may combine these exams with coursework:
Paper 3: Coursework (Centre-based assessment)*
Candidates will be required to submit a single piece of work of 3000–4000 words, which has taken about 20% of the course time for the subject as a whole. The assignment should be related to a particular business situation or problem, and should take the form of a response to a clearly formulated question.

20% of total marks.

*Teachers may not undertake school-based assessment without the written approval of CIE.

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus and Specimen papers

The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.

2014 IGCSE Business Studies Syllabus (450)

2015 IGCSE Business Studies Syllabus (450)

IGCSE Business Studies Past Year papers

You can view one or more papers for a previous session. Please note that these papers may not reflect the content of the current syllabus.

IGCSE Businss Studies Specimen Paper

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