Business Education

Courses Offered:

S1/2/3 CfE S1 Digital Literacy & IT
S2 Business and Digital Literacy
S3 Accounting
S3 Busines Management
S3 Administration and IT
S4 National 3, 4 & 5 Administration & IT
National 3, 4 & 5 Business Management
National 5 Accounting
S5/6 Higher (N6) Administration & IT
Higher (N6) Business Management
Higher Accounting

Business Management develops enterprise skills and attributes by providing opportunities to study a range of business and organisational contexts. Candidates see the ways in which society relies on businesses and other organisations to satisfy its needs, and an understanding of how to use business information to interpret and report on overall business performance. The Course also looks at the impact that external influences can have on organisations.

The Administration and IT course develops learners’ administrative, organisational and IT skills. Learners develop an understanding of administration in the workplace and the IT skills required for the role. Enabling them to contribute to the effective functioning of organisations through administrative positions.

Accounting is a key function in the dynamic world of business. The N5 and Higher Accounting courses provide the knowledge and skills needed to understand, analyse and interpret financial information in order to make informed judgements and decisions.

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Business is a practical hands-on subject that relates the study of business to real-life situations. You will learn to use ICT to gather, analyse and communicate business information, and communicate effectively in a business context. This includes understanding money, interpreting data, and using tables, charts and other graphical displays.

The course has two compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills

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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.

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The Course has three mandatory Units. Within each Unit there is a degree of flexibility
in how study is undertaken. By its nature, the Course develops a wide range of skills
for learning, life and work by providing opportunities for active learning in real-life

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Administration is a growing sector which cuts across the entire economy and offers wide-ranging employment opportunities. Moreover, administrative and IT skills have extensive application not only in employment but also in other walks of life.

The key purpose of this Course is to develop learners’ administrative and IT skills and, ultimately, to enable them to contribute to the effective functioning of organisations. The Course aims to enable learners to:

  • develop a basic understanding of administration in the workplace and key legislation affecting employees
  • develop an appreciation of good customer care
  • develop IT skills and use them to perform straightforward administrative tasks
    acquire organisational skills in the context of organising and supporting small-scale events

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You will be introduced to the responsibilities of organisations, the skills/qualities and tasks (duties) of the administrative support function, and the impact of these in the workplace.

You will learn about:

  • administration theory in the workplace: tasks, skills/qualities of administrators, customer services, health and safety and security of people, property and information
  • sources of information from the internet
  • file management: features, benefits of good and consequences of poor file management
  • corporate image: features, benefits of having a corporate image and consequences of no/negative corporate image
  • electronic communication: methods, features, uses and benefits

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This course aims to develop your advanced administrative and IT skills and, ultimately, to enable them to contribute to the effective functioning of organisations in supervisory administrative positions.

The course consists of three compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

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The Accounting course will be assessed through a question paper (exam) and an assignment, which will be marked by SQA and graded A to D. 
The question paper allows learners show skills including preparing, interpreting and analysing accounting information, and producing written responses to theory questions. 
The assignment allows learners work through tasks to prepare accounting information and financial statements using Microsoft Excel and Word. They perform calculations, compare and analyse accounting information, make decisions based on their analysis and present findings in a report. 
Question Paper: 130 marks – 2 hours Section 2: 
Assignment: 60 marks. The assignment is carried out under supervision, in one 2 hour block (excluding printing time).

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The course has two areas of study:
• Financial accounting.
• Management accounting.

With this course pupils will be able to: 
understand, and make use of, financial information so that they can prepare accounting statements and analyse,
interpret and report on an organisation’s financial performance
• describe, record, present, interpret and analyse complex financial information
• compare and contrast accounting information to draw valid conclusions.

The course is assessed by question paper (exam) and assignment. The question paper makes up 67% of the final mark and the assignment makes up 33% of the final mark. 

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