Business Studies

Business Studies at Box Hill School


The Edexcel IGCSE in Business Studies 4BS0 is a two year course, designed to give students a sound understanding of business and the ability to use knowledge, skills and understanding appropriately in the context of international markets and the United Kingdom. It enables students to:

  • Develop an interest in, and enjoyment of, business subjects that will be sustained in later life.
  • Use relevant terminology, concepts and methods effectively and recognise the strengths and limitations of the ideas used.
  • Develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to current issues in a wide range of appropriate international and UK contexts.
  • Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish between facts and opinion and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data, to help build arguments and make informed judgements.
  • Appreciate the range of different stakeholder perspectives in relation to business activities.
  • Have an understanding of the dynamics of business activity and the related considerations of ethics and sustainability in business.


Business Activity and the Changing Environment – examines the objectives of businesses, the changing environment and the criteria for judging success. The focus is on the importance of having clear business objectives and how the business environment provides opportunities for, and imposes constraints upon, the pursuit of those objectives.

  • Human Resources – looks at people in organisations focusing on their roles, relationships and management in business.
  • Accounting and Finance – explores the use of accounting and financial information as an aid to decision making.
  • Marketing – focuses on identifying and satisfying customer needs in a changing and competitive international environment.
  • Production – examines the way organisations use and manage resources to produce goods and services.


Further Studies

Business Studies can continue to be studied in our sixth form, either as part of the International Baccalaureate or as a separate A-Level.

- Business and Management as part of the International Baccalaureate

- Business Studies A-Level