Business Studies

Exam Board: Cambridge Assessment International Education

Syllabus Number: 0986

What will I be studying?

1. Understanding business activity 

  • Business activity
  • Classification of businesses
  • Enterprise, business growth and size
  • Types of business organisation
  • Business objectives and
  • stakeholder objectives
  • 2. People in business 

Motivating workers

  • Organisation and management
  • Recruitment, selection and training
  • of workers
  • Internal and external communication

3. Marketing 

  • Marketing, competition and the customer
  • Market research
  • Marketing mix
  • Marketing strategy

4. Operations management 

  • Production of goods and services
  • Costs, scale of production and break-even analysis
  • Achieving quality production
  • Location decisions

5. Financial information and decisions

  • Business finance: needs and sources
  • Cash-flow forecasting and working capital
  • Income statements
  • Balance sheets analysis of accounts

6. External influences on business activity

  • Government economic objectives
  • and policies
  • Environmental and ethical issues
  • Business and the international economy

How will I be assessed?

This IGCSE has two examination papers at the end of the course:

Paper 1: 1-hour 30 minutes – 50%
Written examination consisting of four questions requiring a mixture of short 
answers and structured data responses.
Candidates answer all questions.
80 marks. Externally assessed.

Paper 2: 1-hour 30 minutes – 50%
Written examination consisting of four questions based on a case study, provided 
as an insert with the paper. Candidates answer all questions. 80 marks.
Externally assessed

Is there anything else I need to know about this subject course?

Students will need to have a genuine interest in, and be willing to follow the news media with particular reference to business and economics items. There will be an opportunity to set up and run a mini-enterprise during
the course.

Examination method
Written exam 100%