Business Management Higher

Course Details

Have you got what it takes to be the next Richard Branson or Ann Gloag?  Can you handle the pressures of management in the 21st century?  Can you motivate and lead a team?  This course enables students to acquire and develop the necessary skills to manage business activities and work as part of a successful team. The course promotes the development of problem solving and decision making skills within a business framework.

The Units

Business Enterprise (H) 40 hours

    • analyse the development of business enterprise in modern society
    • assess the value of information and use appropriate information technology to enhance business enterprises
    • analyse the process of decision-making in business enterprises

 Business Decision Areas (H) 80 hours

    • report on the internal organisation of business enterprises and team dynamics
    • analyse the marketing decisions of business enterprises: price, product, place and promotion
    • interpret and manipulate financial information used in business
    • analyse the human resources decisions of business enterprises
    • analyse the operations decisions of business enterprises


Unit assessments:  A series of extended response questions covering management areas.

Course assessment:  A written paper of 2½ hours duration.  Section 1 will be a case study based upon business newspaper or magazine article.  Pupils will assume a management position and make decisions necessary to solve problems.  Section 2 will be extended response questions on management topics.

Other Information

Possible progression: Advanced Higher Business Management; HNC/D eg Business Administration; degree courses eg BA Business Management, BA Commerce; a range of employment or training opportunities eg administrative posts in human resources or marketing.  This course will also be particularly useful for people owning their own business or managing an organisation in the Public or Private Sector.

The course content is designed to be dynamic and reflect current management thinking and practices.  The use of business simulation software, teamwork, enterprise initiative and links with industry and commerce are encouraged throughout the course. The course is also an appropriate starting point for those who wish to pursue a business related career.

For further information please contact - Mrs Teresa Summers, PT Computing and Business Education.