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Business Management

As Spike Milligan once said, ‘To open a business is easy; to keep it open is very difficult’.

Business Management seeks to equip budding entrepreneurs and management professionals with the tools, not just to keep a business running, but to maximise profits while doing so. Business Management forms part of the study of Individuals and Societies and is offered at both Higher and Standard level.

Higher Level

The Higher Level syllabus consists of 5 compulsory modules and a research project:

  • Business Organisation and Environment
  • Human Resources
  • Accounts and Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management

A research project which either:

  • Addresses an issue facing an organisation or a range of organisations OR
  • Analyses a decision to be made by an organisation or a range of organisations
Standard Level

The Standard Level syllabus consists of a lighter study of the same 5 compulsory modules and a written assignment:

A written assignment based on the application of tools, techniques and theory to a real world business situation or problem.


As a Department we fully support the aims and ethos of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. In particular, we believe that the aims of the Business Management course at Bexley Grammar are to:

  • Encourage a holistic view of the world of business.
  • Encourage students to become independent critical thinkers.
  • Promote the importance of exploring business issues from different cultural perspectives.
  Higher Level Standard Level
External Assessment 2 x written papers
(4½ hours) = 75%
2 x written papers
(3 hours) = 80%
Internal Assessment A Research Project
(approx. 30 hours) = 25%

A Written Assignment
(approx. 15 hours) = 20%

Subject Requirement

Students do not need to have studied Business Studies at GCSE to study International Baccalaureate Business Management at either Standard or Higher level.