National 5 Business Management (Course Code: C810 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Business Management?

We all rely on businesses to create wealth, prosperity, jobs and choices. Studying Business Management gives you the opportunity to develop important skills such as problem solving, communication, planning and organising. You will learn through real-life business contexts how organisations operate.

These skills are valuable in a wide range of career sectors but are particularly useful if you are interested in entering the world of business — whether as a manager, employee or self-employed person.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Administration and Management

Animals, Land and Environment

Buying, Selling and Related Work

Communication and Media


Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism

Housing, Property and Facilities

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

This course highlights ways in which organisations operate and the steps they take to achieve their goals. It enables you to understand and make use of business information to interpret and report on overall business performance, in a range of contexts.

The course comprises five areas of study.

Understanding business

You will:

Management of marketing

You will:

Management of operations

You will:

Management of people

You will:

Management of finance

You will:

How will I be assessed?

The course assessment has two components totalling 120 marks:

For the assignment component, you will be asked to produce a business report. The assignment component will be set by and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The question paper will be set and externally marked by SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D. 

Study Materials

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Business Management (National 5)