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Business Studies


This business studies course will help you gain the knowledge, skill and confidence to;

Successfully set up and develop your own enterprise or steadily climb the career ladder in a corporate business.

Business can be tough in this competitive age so you will need to;

  • Understand the structure of business and grasp the principals involved
  • Develop and hone skills to identify performance and evaluating strengths and weaknesses
  • Be capable of analysing data and making carefully considered decisions
  • See the importance of market research and advertising and know how to go about it
  • Have a good knowledge of basic accounting, payroll and tax computations
  • Learn how to communicate both within your company and to suppliers/customers
  • Manage change in a constantly changing business environment

The comprehensive syllabus taught in this course will ensure that you are well prepared to make positive progress in whichever venture you are involved in. You can enjoy this course delivered either by the traditional postal method or online.

Business Studies Syllabus

Unit 1

Business Life

Unit 2

The Business Environment

Unit 3

Types of Business

Unit 4

The Structure of a Business

Unit 5

Scale and Growth

Unit 6

Production and Distribution

Unit 7

The Market

Unit 8

Principles of Marketing

Unit 9


Unit 10

Business Accounting

Unit 11

Personnel and Recruitment

Unit 12

Training, Pay and Taxation

Unit 13

Industrial Relations

Unit 14


Unit 15

Presenting Information

Unit 16


Unit 17

External Pressures for Change

Unit 18

Ways of Changing

Unit 19

Technology and Communication

Unit 20

Recent Trends

For a more detailed syllabus on this course, click here


Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

What is NCFE

NCFE is the UK's longest established awarding body, recognised as a highly professional and responsive organisation, committed to maintaining excellent customer service and a friendly approach.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that the college has been inspected and approved by an independent and experienced education professional and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. The centre delivering the programmes has been licensed by NCFE on the basis of its own quality systems. At the end of an accredited course, successful learners will also receive an NCFE Award certificate of achievement.

For more information on this award, click here


There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this business studies online course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

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