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Get ready for the IB exams with this mock pack and guidelines.

Paper 1 Case Study: Before One Plc (BON)

Get prepared and thrive in Paper 1 with an e-learning course that includes:

- Ideas and activities for teaching the case study in class
- Weekly plan and quizzes for the case study
- Quizzes with key definitions and application of business tools for the case study
- Revision quizzes for all business theories and concepts of the case study
- Exam-style questions with model answers & Mock exams with mark schemes

BM-UNIT 1: Introduction to Business Management

In this first introductory unit, business management is set in context: students learn to analyse organizations’ internal environment (for example, stakeholders, strategic objectives and CSR) and external environment (for example, the impact of technological change and globalization).
Unit 1 covers traditional business areas such as the different types of organization and the idea of economies of scale, but it also includes more contemporary topics such as the features of social enterprises, the nature of business activity in the quaternary sector and the distinction between entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.

BM-UNIT 2: Human Resource Management

In this unit, students explore how businesses recruit, organize, develop and lead their arguably most important resource—their people. In unit 2, students also learn what motivates individuals to perform well at work. Given the pace of change in modern business, the unit looks at how structural changes and changes in the business environment or in key people impact on human resource management. Ethical considerations and cross-cultural understanding are particularly relevant for unit 2, and especially in examining global corporations that have a multinational workforce and diverse stakeholder groups.

BM-UNIT 3: Finance and Accounts

Irrespective of their size, scope and sector, all organizations need robust accounting systems, making finance a core business function. In unit 3, students examine finance and accounts through both quantitative and qualitative methods. They learn how businesses represent themselves numerically through accounts; they also learn how to construct basic balance sheets and profit and loss accounts themselves. By the end of the unit, they will be able to explain the meaning of these accounts by calculating ratios (for example, gross profit margin, net profit margin and return on capital employed (ROCE)) and interpreting the results.

BM-UNIT 4: Marketing

Marketing is an essential business function: it creates a bridge between an organization and its customers. In our everyday speech, the word marketing is often associated with advertisements and finding innovative ways of getting people to buy a product or service. However, unit 4 shows students that marketing is much more than that. Effective marketing requires consideration of everything from product quality to consumer perceptions and increasingly, engagement with people’s everyday lives to uncover needs that customers may not even be aware of themselves.

BM-UNIT 5: Operations Management

In this unit, students return to the fundamental rationale of business management: to make goods and services that meet consumers’ needs and wants. Without efficient operations leading to products and experiences customers are satisfied with, success in the other business functions is unsustainable. In unit 5, students learn how organizations manage their operations, whether in terms of achieving an optimal cost – quality ratio or the shortest supply chain; using the most ethical means or the latest innovative techniques; or applying the highest levels of quality assurance.