Business Management aims to give students a thorough grounding in all facets of running a business enterprise in today’s society. The core of the course is based around decision-making and study of the various types of business and how they operate most effectively. Higher level provides transferable skills such as the ability to adopt a logical approach to complex situations and how to communicate points clearly.
The application of ICT Literacy using real-life problem-solving scenarios e.g. writing a business proposal and using Excel to manage business Accounts.
As part of a team, pupils will create a range of ICT solutions to meet the needs of an imaginary business, learn about the different types of companies, how they operate and further develop their business administration and touch typing skills
S3 and S4: National 5
Understanding Business: In this Unit, learners will be introduced to the business environment. Learners will develop relevant skills, knowledge and understanding by carrying out learning activities relating to the role of business organisations and entrepreneurship in society, using real-life contexts.
Management of People and Finance: In this Unit, learners will develop skills, knowledge and understanding relating to the internal issues facing organisations in the management of people and finance. Learners will carry out activities that will enable them to grasp theories, concepts and processes relating to human resource management and how to manage people in order to maximise their contribution to an organisation’s success. Learners will also follow basic theories, concepts and processes relating to financial aspects of business in preparing and interpreting financial information in order to solve financial problems facing businesses.
Management of Marketing and Operations: In this Unit, learners will develop skills, knowledge and understanding relating to the importance to organisations of having effective marketing and operations systems. The Unit will allow learners to carry out activities that introduce them to the processes and procedures organisations use in order to maintain quality and competitiveness. Learners will also learn how marketing can be used to communicate effectively with consumers, maximise customer satisfaction, and enhance competitiveness.
Regular formative internal assessments will be carried out throughout the course using written tests and practical tasks.
The formal Course assessment will consist of two Components: a question paper and an assignment.
Component 1 — question paper. The question paper will have 90 marks (75% of the total mark). All questions are mandatory.
Component 2 — assignment. The assignment will require learners to apply their research, decision making and communication skills by producing a proposal to improve the effectiveness of a small to medium-sized business. This assignment will have 30 marks (25% of the total mark).
S5 and S6: Higher
The Higher Business Management Course builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in National 5 Business Management can act as an entry to the study of business.
Learners combine theoretical and practical aspects of learning through the use of real-life business contexts. The skills, knowledge and understanding will be embedded in current business theory and practice and reflect the integrated nature of organisations, their functions and their decision-making processes.
Unit 1 – Understanding Business
In this Unit, learners will extend their understanding of the ways in which large organisations in the private, public and third sectors operate. Learners will carry out activities that highlight the opportunities and constraints on these organisations in the pursuit of their strategic goals. This Unit also allows learners to analyse the impact that the internal and the external environment has on an organisation’s activity, and to consider the implications of these factors.
Unit 2 – Management of People and Finance
In this Unit, learners will develop skills and knowledge that will deepen their understanding and l awareness of the issues facing large organisations in the management of people and finance. This Unit will allow learners to carry out activities that will extend their grasp of relevant theories, concepts and procedures used in planning for an organisation’s success, including leadership, motivation and finance. It also allows learners to explain and analyse relevant business information, in each of these contexts.
Unit 3 – Management of Marketing and Operations
In this Unit, learners will extend their knowledge that will deepen their understanding of the importance to large organisations of having effective marketing and operations systems. The Unit will allow learners to carry out activities that will extend their knowledge of relevant theories, concepts and procedures used by organisations in order to improve and/or maintain quality and competitiveness. It will provide learners with a firm understanding of the importance of satisfying both internal and external customers’ needs.
Pupils will be assessed informally over a number of checkpoints during the course. The feedback from these assessments will be used to support appropriate revision of covered topics, plans for future lessons and target-setting for each pupil.
Component 1 — question paper
Component 2 — assignment (completed in class)