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.
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
What do I need to get in?
Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally be expected to have:
What will I study?
The course consists of five areas of study.
- develop your understanding of how large organisations in the private, public and third sectors operate, make decisions and pursue their strategic goals
- analyse the impact that internal and external environments have on an organisation’s activity, and consider the implications of these factors.
Management of marketing
- develop your understanding of the importance of effective marketing systems to large organisations
- learn about the relevant theories, concepts and procedures used by organisations to improve competitiveness and customer satisfaction.
Management of operations
- develop your understanding of the importance of effective operations systems to large organisations
- learn about the relevant theories, concepts and procedures used by organisations to improve and/or maintain quality, and the importance of satisfying both internal and external customers’ needs.
Management of people
- develop your understanding of the issues that large organisations face when managing people
- learn about the relevant theories, concepts and procedures used by organisations when dealing with staff, including retention, training, leadership and motivation.
Management of finance
- develop your understanding of the issues that large organisations face when managing finance
- learn about the relevant theories, concepts and procedures used by organisations in financial situations.
How will I be assessed?
The course assessment has two components totalling 120 marks:
- Component 1: question paper – worth 90 marks (consisting of two sections: section 1 worth 30 marks, and section 2 worth 60 marks)
- Component 2: assignment – worth 30 marks.
For the assignment component, you will choose a topic to research, analyse information and produce a business report your findings, detailing the appropriate conclusions and/or your recommendations.
Both the question paper and the assignment are set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.
The course assessment is graded A-D.
What can I go on to next?
If you complete the course 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 (Higher)