Business Management aims to give students a through grounding in all facets of business and enterprise in today’s society. The core of the course is decision-making, and study, especially at Higher level, provides transferable skills such as the ability to adopt a logical approach and to communicate complex points clearly.
The application of ICT Literacy using real-life problem-solving scenarios e.g. Booking a holiday using Browser (web-search), Access (database of holiday destinations), Word (letter), and Excel (Calculations).
Summative Skills Assessment - Cereal Bar Challenge - Pupils will apply the learned skills as part of an Enterprise Activity to research, create, market and sell and new Healthy Cereal Bar.
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.
The Higher Business Management Course builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in National 5 Business Management and 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)