Business Management is offered at Int1/Int2 level to S3/S4 students. At S5/S6, Business Management is available at Int 2 and Higher level and where there are interested candidates of exceptional ability, Advanced Higher is available. Higher Accounting is also available to some S6 students.
The Business Management course is in two distinct parts. Part one enquires into how organisations interact with the environment in which they operate. Topics such as how political, competitive and environmental factors affect businesses, the use of ICT and decision making are the key elements. Part two is much more concerned with the internal aspects of the business. This section engages the pupils in the concepts of Marketing, Operations, Human Resources and Financial Management.
A whole range of teaching methodologies is employed to motivate and engage the pupils. These include the use of video, core notes, books, OHP, interactive whiteboard, games, quizzes, software packages and discussions. The pupils will have many opportunities to be creative and will often design/develop new products incorporating the concepts they have learned.
As well as providing the knowledge base from which to build, the Business Studies ethos is one which stimulates pupils. To this end, every opportunity is taken to build skills for learning – skills such as self-directed learning, teamwork, presentation, research and enquiry, self evaluation and reflection.