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Business Studies

Format:

(Live Online)

Duration:

52 weeks

Application Fee:

RS 2,000

(Domestic)
USD 35

(International)

Monthly Fee:

RS 8,950

(Domestic)
USD 85

(International)

Unit 1:

Marketing & People 

50% of total iAS

Unit 2:

Managing Business Activity 

50% of total iAS

Unit 3:

Business Decisions & Strategy

50% of total iAL

Unit 4:

Global Business 

50% of total iAL

Assessment overview:

Section A: Short- and extended-response questions based on sources (30 marks).

Section B: Same format as Section A, based on different sources (30 marks).

Section C: One 20-mark essay question, based on one or more sources (20 marks).

Business Unit 1: Content Overview - Duration 12 Weeks

  • Meeting customer needs

  • The market

  • Marketing mix and strategy

  • Managing people

  • Entrepreneurs and leaders

 

Business Unit 1 description:

 

In this unit, students are introduced to the market, explore the marketing and people functions and investigate entrepreneurs and business start-up. This unit enables students to understand how businesses identify opportunities and to explore how businesses focus on developing a competitive advantage through interacting with customers.

 

Students develop an understanding of how businesses need to adapt their marketing to operate in a dynamic business environment. It also considers people, exploring how businesses recruit, train, organise and motivate employees, as well as the role of enterprising individuals and leaders.

 

Students should investigate different types and sizes of organisation in various business sectors and environments, and in local, national and global contexts. Students need to have acquired competence in quantitative skills that are relevant to this unit. A full list of quantitative skills will be provided at the start of the course.

Business Unit 2: Content Overview - Duration 12 Weeks

  • Planning a business and raising finance

  • Financial planning

  • Managing finance

  • Resource management

  • External influences

 

Business Unit 2 description:

In this unit, students explore the finance and operations functions, and investigate external influences on business. This unit enables students to develop an understanding of raising and managing finance, and measuring business performance. It outlines the importance of using resources efficiently within a business to ensure that goods or services can be delivered effectively and efficiently, and to a high quality. Students also consider the external influences that have an impact on businesses, including economic and legal factors.

 

Students should investigate different types and sizes of organisation in various business sectors and environments, and in local, national and global contexts. Students need to have acquired competence in quantitative skills relevant to this unit. A full list of quantitative skills can be found in Appendix 7: Quantitative skills. For this unit, students will also need to be able to apply the accounting ratios of Financial statements and accounting ratios. These ratios will not be supplied in the examination.

Business Unit 3: Content overview - Duration 12 weeks

  • Business objectives and strategy

  • Business growth

  • Decision-making techniques

  • Influences on business decisions

  • Assessing competitiveness

  • Managing change

 

Business Unit 3 description:

In this unit, students develop their understanding of the concepts introduced in Units 1 and 2, and explore influences on business strategy and decision-making. This unit moves from functions to strategy, enabling students to develop their understanding of the core concepts and to take a strategic view of business opportunities and issues.

 

Students analyse corporate objectives and strategy against financial and non-financial performance measures and how businesses grow, and develop an understanding of the impact of external influences. The unit also covers the causes and effects of change and how businesses mitigate risk and uncertainty.

 

Students should investigate different types and sizes of organisation in various business sectors and environments, and in local, national and global contexts.

 

Students need to have acquired competence in quantitative skills that are relevant to this unit. A full list of quantitative skills can be found in Appendix 7: Quantitative skills. For this unit, students will also need to be able to apply the accounting ratios from Financial statements and accounting ratios. These ratios will not be supplied in the examination.

Business Unit 4: Content overview - Duration 12 weeks

  • Business objectives and strategy

  • Business growth

  • Decision-making techniques

  • Influences on business decisions

  • Assessing competitiveness

  • Managing change

 

 

Business Unit 4 description:

In this unit, students develop their understanding of the concepts introduced in Units 1, 2 and 3, and explore business activity in a global context.

 

Students investigate businesses that trade on a global scale and explore their reasons for doing so. Students develop an understanding of the globally competitive environment and consider the ethical and moral dimensions of global business activities. In this unit, it is important to note that the impacts of globalisation and global markets covered in 4.3.1 and 4.3.2 will need to be understood in relation to businesses.

Students should investigate different types and sizes of organisation in various business sectors and environments. Students need to have acquired competence in quantitative skills relevant to this unit.