Subject Information - Business Management

National 5

Head of Department: Mr Colin Duncan

Course Progression: Business Management

General

The Economic and Business Studies Department aims to enable pupils to become better economic decision-makers, both at a personal level and within society as a whole.

Business Education encompasses a number of subject areas: Economics, Business Management, Accounting and Administration. We aim not only to develop the pupil's insight into the economic world in which they live, but also to equip them with the analytical and practical skills to give them a stake in the economic system. This involves developing a spirit of enterprise, challenging the pupils to think, develop and communicate their ideas effectively and put them into practice.

S3 and S4

Pupils begin a two year enriched National 5 course in Business Management. The course aims to give learners a greater understanding of the dynamic, changing, competitive and economic environment of industry and commerce.

All pupils will begin to study for the National 5 qualification, although some pupils may find the demands of National 5 too challenging and therefore, the National 4 qualification may be more suitable. For these pupils there will be an opportunity to transfer to the National 4 course at some point during S3/S4.

S5 and S6

Pupils can take National 5 in S5 and S6 if they want to either improve on the National 4 pass they achieved in S4 or if, picking Business Management for the first time, they would find the Higher Course too demanding. They will be able to change during the Higher course.

Business Management National 4&5


Purpose

The course will highlight the ways in which organisations operate and the steps that they take to achieve their goals. This will be done through combining practical and theoretical aspects of business learning through the use of real-life business contexts. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained will be embedded in current business practice and theory, and will reflect the integrated nature of organisations, their functions and their decision-making processes.

Assessment throughout the course is by end of topic tests. External assessment is in two parts; a question paper (worth 75%) and an assignment (worth 25%).

Progression

The National 5 course leads on to the Higher Business Management course and can be useful preparation for courses in Economics and Accounting. It can also lead onto Standard Level or Higher Level Business and Management which are part of the IB Diploma Programme. Please refer to the IBDP Subject Choice Booklet for further details on course content and assessment.

 

Higher

Head of Department: Mr Colin Duncan

Course Progression: Business Management

General

The Economic and Business Studies Department aims to enable pupils to become better economic decision-makers, both at a personal level and within society as a whole.

Business Education encompasses a number of subject areas: Economics, Business Management, Accounting and Administration. We aim not only to develop the pupil's insight into the economic world in which they live, but also to equip them with the analytical and practical skills to give them a stake in the economic system. This involves developing a spirit of enterprise, challenging the pupils to think, develop and communicate their ideas effectively and put them into practice.

S5

Pupils with a pass at National 5 Business Management can continue to the Higher.

Pupils can relatively easily pick up Business Management in S5 either at Higher, if they have good passes at National 5, or they can choose the subject at National 5 level if they have mainly National 4 passes. This subject is also offered within the IB Diploma Programme, please refer to the IBDP Subject Choice Booklet for further details on course content and assessment.

S6

Those who have been successful at Higher in Business Management can continue with the subject to Advanced Higher.

Successful Higher pupils in Economics can take up Business Management at this AH level. Pupils who performed well at National 5 but did not continue the subject to Higher yet perform well in other subjects may wish to re-enter the subject at the AH level.

There are few problems with S6 pupils picking up Higher or National 5 Business Management – the level will depend on their performance in S5 in other subjects.

Business Management (S5/S6) Higher

Purpose

The purpose of the Course is to highlight the ways in which large organisations operate and the steps they take to achieve their strategic goals. This purpose will be achieved by combining 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 large organisations, their functions and their decision-making processes.

It would be suitable for pupils who wish to extend and develop previous study. It would also be appropriate as a starting point for those who wish to pursue a business related career.

Recommended Entry

Pupils would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:

  • Pass at National 5 Business Management
  • National 5 passes in Mathematics and English.

Those who have not studied the subject before must consult Mr Duncan.

Course Details

This Higher is the response to the growing demand for a qualification which develops the knowledge and skills required for good management within any organisation. The emphasis is on learning by involvement in a range of business activities: decision making, developing information handling skills, interpreting company accounts, negotiating, teamwork, presentations. The course makes use of visiting speakers with business expertise and visits to business premises.

The Course has three mandatory Units.

Understanding Business
Learners will develop an understanding of large organisations in the private, public and third sectors operate. They 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.

Management of People and Finance
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.

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.

Assessment

Assessment throughout the course is by end of topic tests. External assessment is in two parts: a question paper (worth 70%) and an assignment (worth 30%) (these details may change).

Progression

• Advanced Higher Business Management
• Degree courses eg BA Business Management, BA Commerce

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Advanced Higher

Head of Department: Mr Colin Duncan

Course Progression: Business Management

General

The Economic and Business Studies Department aims to enable pupils to become better economic decision-makers, both at a personal level and within society as a whole.

Business Education encompasses a number of subject areas: Economics, Business Management, Accounting and Administration. We aim not only to develop the pupil's insight into the economic world in which they live, but also to equip them with the analytical and practical skills to give them a stake in the economic system. This involves developing a spirit of enterprise, challenging the pupils to think, develop and communicate their ideas effectively and put them into practice.

Business Management Advanced Higher (S6)

Purpose

The purpose of this Course is to prepare learners to play an active part in a vibrant and innovative business culture by equipping them with an understanding of the national and global nature of business. This will include the challenges posed by globalisation and the effect it has on Scotland’s businesses and environment, business and management theories, and principles of effective management used in different organisations. Learners will develop analytical and research skills by investigating real organisations in a range of contexts.

Recommended Entry

Pupils would be expected to have attained one of the following:
• pass at Higher Business Management (preferably with an 'A' or 'B')
• pass at Higher Economics (preferably with an 'A' or 'B')
• National 5 level Business Management and good S5 Higher results
• the approval of Mr Duncan.

Course Details

The Course has three mandatory Units.

The External Business Environment
Learners will develop investigative and analytical skills and a detailed knowledge and in-depth understanding of the effect of external influences on organisations at a multinational and global level. The Unit provides learners with the opportunities to investigate how an organisation is affected by external factors and to gain an in-depth understanding of the responsibilities of managers in an economic, social and environmental context. Learners will analyse and evaluate the impact of such external factors and consider the implications of various courses of action.

The Internal Business Environment
Learners will gain a thorough grounding in the discipline that forms the basis of management practice. The Unit allows learners to carry out activities that will expand their knowledge of both traditional and contemporary management and motivational theories used by organisations to maximise their efficiency. It also allows learners to analyse and evaluate theories relating to internal factors that influence the success of individuals and teams.

Researching a Business
Learners will develop research, investigative and decision-making skills. This will help learners to become competent and confident in the analysis of business data and will prepare them to carry out an investigation into an organisation.

Assessment

Assessment throughout the course is by end of topic tests. External assessment is in two parts: a question paper (worth 67%) and an assignment (worth 33%).

Progression

• Degree courses eg BA Business Management, BA Commerce

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