From speaking and dealing with countless new people, from pupils in committees at school, to guests and visitors, I feel more confident in meeting new people. Also, having to take five assemblies at school developed my public speaking skills.

Christopher Lewis-Laverty
Head Boy 2010/2011

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National 4/5 Business Management

Business and enterprise are at the heart of a successful Scottish economy. This course offers pupils the opportunity to study and explore the dynamic and complex business and information environment in which we live. Pupils are encouraged to develop the skills and knowledge which will allow them to access, understand and contribute to Scotland’s business economy.

Skills and Knowledge

A broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding that will be covered in the course includes:

  • demonstrating knowledge of the impact of business activities on society
  • decision making — by applying the ideas of ethical and effective business decisions to solve business-              related problems
  • communicating business ideas, opinions and information relating to the effects of internal and external          factors on business activity
  • demonstrating a knowledge of the entrepreneurial attributes that help business development
  • demonstrating how to enhance employability skills, and knowledge of the contribution of staff to                  business success
  • interpreting and evaluating business financial data for effective financial management
  • analysing the effectiveness of marketing activities and demonstrating how they can be used to                      enhance customer satisfaction
  • evaluating a range of production techniques used to maximise the quality of goods/services
  • basic knowledge of the use of existing and emerging technologies in current business practice.

 Learning and Teaching Methods

A mixture of direct teaching, computer work, role play and discussion will be used to convey the main points of each topic. Company reports, business case studies, workshops and business news will all be employed to make the concepts taught link into real-life contexts. Moodle, our VLE, is also used at home and in the classroom and contains all course notes and slides on each topic, as well as video and revision materials. Several textbooks are available for reference as are current business journals.

 Careers Information

Pupils taking this course often wish to take business management through to Higher and beyond but even if this is not the case, the subject will contain useful knowledge for those wishing to pursue courses and careers as, for example, lawyers, accountants, stock brokers, administrators, entrepreneurs, teachers and many more.