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?
This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:
What will I study?
The course comprises three areas of study.
The External Business Environment
- develop a detailed knowledge and in-depth understanding of the effects of external influences on organisations operating at a multinational and global level
- investigate how an organisation is affected by external factors and to gain an in-depth understanding of the responsibilities of managers in an economic, social and environmental context
- analyse and evaluate the impact of such external factors and consider the effectiveness of various courses of action.
The Internal Business Environment
- gain a thorough grounding in the discipline that forms the basis of management practice
- carry out activities that will expand their knowledge of both traditional and contemporary management theories used by organisations to maximise their efficiency
- analyse and evaluate theories relating to internal factors that influence the success of teams.
Evaluating Business Information
- develop skills in evaluating a range of business information used by organisations to reach conclusions
- learn to confidently analyse and evaluate business information, based on a research project carried out on a topic from the course.
How will I be assessed?
The course assessment comprises two components totalling 120 marks:
- Component 1 - Question paper (80 marks)
- Component 2 - Project (40 marks).
For Component 2, you will research, analyse and evaluate business information gathered in order to produce a business report.
Both the question papers 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.
SQA Past Papers Business Management Advanced Higher
SQA Specimen Business Management Advanced Higher Question Paper
What can I go on to next?
Further study, training or employment in:
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