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This is an excellent course for pupils to take in S3 and progress up to higher level or to pick up again at an appropriate level in senior school to prepare them for further education or the world of work.
S3 pupils who select Business will cover broad general education experiences and outcomes that provide a good foundation for progression to the national courses in S4.
The main areas of study in this course therefore are:
Areas of Study
Business in Action (National 4)
- Learners will carry out activities that will give them an appreciation of how and why businesses develop and operate in today’s society. Learners will develop skills and knowledge and understanding relating to the role of business and entrepreneurship within society, and of the actions taken by business to meet customers’ needs. Learners will discover how businesses are organised by exploring the functional activities, such as marketing, finance, operations and human resources, and applying their understanding of these areas to support business planning and decision making.
Influences on Business (National 4)
- Learners will carry out activities that will give them an appreciation of the impact that a range of internal and external influences has on business decision making. Learners will investigate stakeholders’ influence on businesses and will acquire skills and knowledge and understanding relating to the financial, economic, competitive and social environment in which businesses have to operate. This will provide learners with a growing understanding of how these influences can affect business survival and success.
Business Assignment (National 4)
- In this Unit, learners will draw on and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding they have gained from across the other Units of the Course. This will be demonstrated by an assignment
To achieve certification a pupil must pass both sets of unit assessments and pass the Business Assignment. Unit assessments are marked internally and verified by the SQA
In S3 pupils are therefore introduced to each of these topic areas and will develop their IT skills across a range of software. They will cover some of the theory aspects of the course where they will learn:
- content such as duties, skills and qualities of an administrative assistant and
- how to answer questions based on command word used
Pupils must pass the individual units stated above and complete an Added Value Unit which is a practical task centred on planning an event.
The national 5 course consists of 2 assessments: one is a 3 hour practical assignment supervised under exam conditions by the class teacher which requires the pupils to complete tasks by using word processing, DTP, presentation or electronic communication. The completed items are sent to the SQA for external marking. This item is marked out of 70.
The second assessment is part of the normal SQA diet but is also completed in a computer lab with the pupils completing database and spreadsheet tasks as well as answering questions on Administration theory. This item is marked out of 50.
Students will be able to progress to Higher Administration on successful completion of National 5. Pupils at this level also complete 2 assessments: one is a 2 hour practical assignment supervised under exam conditions by the class teacher which requires the pupils to complete tasks by using database, spreadsheet, word processing, presentation or electronic communication. The completed items are sent to the SQA for external marking. This item is marked out of 70.
The second assessment is part of the normal SQA diet and takes the form of a formal question paper marked out of 50. This item is marked out of 50.