Business Education

Higher Business Management

Aims of the Course

The Business Management course is designed to enable learners to develop:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the ways in which society relies on business to satisfy our needs
  • An understanding of a range of methods businesses use to ensure customers’ needs are met
  • Understanding of enterprising skills and attributes by providing them with opportunities to study relatively complex business issues
  • Understanding of business-related financial matters
  • An understanding of the ways business can use resources to achieve maximum efficiency
  • An understanding of the steps taken by businesses to improve overall performance and effectiveness
  • Knowledge and understanding of the mail effects that external influences, such as economic impact and sustainability, have on organisations

Entry Requirements

Learners are expected to have the pre-requisite qualifications:

  • National 5 business Management
  • Literacy Unit (National 5)
  • Numeracy Unit (National 5)

Course Content

The course has three mandatory Units:

Understanding Business (Higher) - In this Unit, learners will extend their understanding of organisations in the private, public and third sectors.  Learners will also analyse and evaluate the impact that the external factors have on an organisation’s activity.

Management of People and Finance (Higher) - In this Unit learners will 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, analyse and evaluate relevant business and financial information.

Management of Marketing and Operations (Higher) - In this Unit learners will carry out activities that will extend their grasp of relevant theories, concepts and procedures used by organisations in order to improve and/or maintain quality competitiveness.  It will provide learners with a firm grasp of the importance of satisfying both internal and external customers’ needs, along with awareness of relevant issues facing firms.


A myriad of learning and teaching techniques are in practise in the department.  These include whole class teaching, effective questioning, cooperative learning activities such as the case study method, and individual work.  ICT is also used regularly to enhance pupils learning.  Active learning is at the heart of the course.


Skills will be developed to allow pupils to be successful in many key transferable skills:

  • Research and investigation
  • Analytical and evaluative skills – drawing business conclusions and decision making
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy – interpreting data, tables & chart
  • Reliability and working with others
  • Using ICT in a business context
  • Employability skills and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Presenting and communicating


Learners will be assessed internally by an end of unit assessment for each topic.  In addition learners will be assessed by a Final Exam (70%) and an Assignment (30%).


Learners will be expected to keep up to date with current business news.  Formal written homework will be issued to prepare learners for assessments and the final exam.