Business GCSE

Our course code: X807

Course fee £495 or from £37 per month

Enrol on this course

Calling all budding entrepreneurs! Do you have a head for figures? A budding interest in marketing? Can picture yourself running a business one day, or playing a crucial role in the growth and success of an organisation? If so, our AQA accredited GCSE Business course will be ideal for you.

You’ll receive unlimited support from your personal tutor as you delve into six in-depth modules focusing on business operations and finance, problem-solving and decision making, qualitative and quantitative data, and much more. You’ll learn about the factors that affect the way an organisation operates, how important decisions are made, and how to use the correct terminology to identify and explain business activity. The skills you’ll learn along the way are highly prized by colleges and universities, as well as in demand in a vast array of professions such as accounting, law, management consultancy, stockbroking, and human resources.

This AQA GCSE Business course has been specifically designed to be studied online in your own time and space, with unlimited access to your personal tutor via email and telephone. You’ll have a clear induction to the course, and your assignments will be well-structured to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel in your exams.

You will benefit from:

  • A brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (for exams in 2022)
  • Access to our network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – Your tutor will help you write a study plan and support you throughout
  • Exam pass guarantee (if you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

Delve into business operations and finance, problem-solving and decision making, qualitative and quantitative data, and much more!

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: AQA
  • Our course code: X807
  • Qualification code: 8132
  • Official Qualification Title: GCSE Business

The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours of study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, quizzes, and interactive activities.

Course Duration

Once you enrol, you’ll have up to two years to study and take your exams, and your unlimited tutor support will continue throughout this time. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) to access the learning materials.


You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2022.

For this course, you’ll be required to complete two standard GCSE written exams.


  • Paper 1: Written exam lasting one hour 45 minutes, 90 marks, 50% of GCSE
  • Paper 2: Written exam lasting one hour 45 minutes, 90 marks, 50% of GCSE

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.


During your course, you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to monitor your progress and will be used to produce predicted grades if needed.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive a GCSE in Business, issued by AQA. This syllabus (8132) has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - GCSE Business

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - While there are no strict entry requirements for this course, it is strongly recommended that you have the ability to read and write English effectively.

Course Content

1: Business in the real world

During this module, you’ll learn about the reasons for starting a business, the different types and functions of organisations, the dynamic nature of business, and entrepreneurship and enterprise. You’ll develop confidence in understanding the differences between primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors, and understand the dynamic and evolving nature of business environments.

2: Influences on business 

Here, you’ll be focusing on technology, ethical and environmental considerations, the economic climate, globalisation, legislation, and the competitive environment. You’ll be studying the manner in which E-commerce can be best used to access wider markets, learn about how, why, and when businesses should behave ethically, and developing an understanding of the economic theories underpinning interest rates and customer spending.

3: Business operations 

The third module covers production processes, the role of procurement, the concept of quality, and good customer service. You’ll understand how processes might be made more efficient by the use of lean production techniques, analyse the factors which affect choosing a supplier, and learn how businesses identify and address quality issues.

4: Human resources

During this module, you’ll be exploring organisational structures, and the recruitment, selection, motivation, and training of employees. You’ll appreciate how organisational structure can affect the way in which a business is managed, the benefits of a highly motivated workforce, and learn about financial and non-financial methods of motivation.

5: Marketing 

In module five, you’ll learn how to understand and identify customers, the purpose and methods of market research, the ‘four Ps’ of business, and how businesses use segmentation to target customers. You’ll recognise the importance of identifying and satisfying customer needs, the difference between qualitative and quantitative research, and appreciate the significance of USPs in the competitive market.

6: Finance

The final module focuses on sources of finance, cash flow, financial terms and calculations. You’ll gain an understanding of the main internal and external sources of finance, the consequences of cash flow problems, and the concepts of revenue, costs, profits, and loss. You’ll also learn about the differences between assets and liabilities, and how to calculate gross and net profit margins.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details.

There are no essential set texts. However, the course includes some recommended books for additional reading.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

This course is self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. Where there are required additional text books, we include this as free eBooks.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).