The national 4 and 5 courses will build on the broad general education offered in S1-S3 and will progress to Higher level.
Business plays an important role in society. We all rely on businesses to create wealth, prosperity, jobs and choices. Therefore, it is essential for society to have effective businesses and business managers to sustain this role.
This course will develop enterprising skills and employability skills. Pupils will be able to understand and make use of business information to interpret and report on overall business performance in a range of contexts. Pupils will study organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors. The Course explores the important impact businesses have on everyday life, and therefore gives pupils experiences which are topical. It develops skills for learning, life and work that will be of instant use in the workplace. It supports personal financial awareness through improving learners’ knowledge of financial management in a business context. Aims of the course
he main aim of the Course is to highlight ways in which organisations operate and the steps they take to achieve their goals. This will be achieved through combining practical and theoretical aspects of business learning through the use of real-life business contexts and visiting speakers, etc. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained are embedded in current business practice and theory, and reflect the integrated nature of organisations, their functions, and their decision-making processes.
At each level, there are three mandatory units and then a course assessment. The units cover the same areas for both levels, but the course assessments differ significantly between National 4, national 5 and Higher.
The mandatory units are: U
In this Unit, pupils will be introduced to the business environment. They will be carrying out learning activities relating to the role of business organisations and entrepreneurship in society, using real-life contexts. They will be introduced to the main activities associated with businesses and other organisations. They will explore issues relating to the external environment in which organisations operate and their effects on organisational activity, decision making and survival.
anagement of People and Finance
In this Unit, pupils will develop an understanding of the internal issues facing organisations in the management of people and finance. They will carry out activities that will enable them to grasp theories, concepts and processes relating to human resource management. They will develop an understanding of how to manage people in order to maximise their contribution to an organisation’s success. They 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, pupils will develop an understanding of the importance to organisations of having effective marketing and operations systems. They will carry out activities that introduce them to the processes and procedures organisations use in order to maintain quality and competitiveness. They will develop an understanding of how marketing can be used to communicate effectively with consumers, maximise customer satisfaction, and enhance competitiveness.
Higher – Assignment and Question Paper
The course will be delivered in an integrated way. Students will cover a range of small, topic based projects that cover aspects of all units. The units will be delivered in familiar contexts.