Business Enterprise

Welcome to the Business Enterprise Department

Courses offered:

S1-3 Enterprise
Nat 3/4/5/Higher Administration & IT
Nat 5/Higher Accounting
Nat 3/Nat 4 Business
Nat 5/Higher Business Management

Description of each course:

Nat 3/4/5/Higher Administration & IT

COURSE AIMS
• to develop an understanding of administrative practices are applied in the workplace and legislation affecting both organisations and employees
• to develop an understanding of good customer care and its benefits to organisations
• to develop IT skills and use them to perform administrative tasks
• to acquire organisational skills to enable pupils to organise and support events

COURSE CONTENT
The course uses real-life contexts which enables pupils to understand the world of work and develops their IT skills and theoretical knowledge to work towards industry standards. While the course reflects current administrative practice, it is sufficiently flexible to take account of emerging technologies to ensure its continuing currency and relevance.

National 3 Units
• IT Solutions for Administrators
• Communication in Administration
• Administration in Action

National 4 Units
• Administrative Practices
• IT Solutions for Administrators
• Communication in Administration

National 5 Units
• Administrative Practices
• IT Solutions for Administrators
• Communication in Administration

Higher Units
• Administrative Theory & Practice
• IT Solutions for Administrators
• Communication in Administration

SKILLS
The course will develop and enhance transferable skills that pupils can use to support them in the wider curriculum, further education and the work place. The Course takes into account the needs of all learners in that it recognises that young people achieve in different ways and at different paces.

Skills developed:
• team-work
• self-evaluation
• ability to prioritise tasks and work within deadlines
• ability to create and present business documents to an appropriate and professional standard.

METHODOLOGY
Pupils will learn through a variety of methodologies including whole-class teaching, activity-based learning, peer and individualised learning. Pupils will experience learning through the use of ICT. As pupils develop knowledge this will be consolidated using practical activities throughout the course.

ASSESSMENT
• Pupils will be encouraged to become confident in their ability to assess their own work and devise their own targets. There will also be numerous opportunities for peer assessment, where pupils will be able to help each other. Formative assessment will enable teachers to provide pupils with meaningful feedback throughout the session.
• Pupils will be assessed for all the units using one integrated task, completed on the computer. In the event of a pupil not meeting the standard in certain outcomes they will only have to resit those outcomes. In around January or February the Nat 3/4 pupils do an Added Value Unit and the Nat 5/Higher undertake a practical skills based project which will give them the opportunity to demonstrate their administration- and IT-based skills in class. There is no written exam for Nat 3, 4, and 5. Higher sit an SQA question paper worth 30% of their grade, the other 70% is from a practical assignment sat in class from February.

HOMEWORK
Pupils will be expected to undertake reading of theory notes prior to whole class teaching of the unit. Pupils will be given written homework exercises to complete, these will be based on class teaching and pupil notes can be used for reference and support.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP?
• Encourage pupils to continually read and learn their theory notes
• Encourage your child to discuss their lessons with you and offer your knowledge/experience of the workplace
• Encourage your child to use the appropriate software/technology at home to reinforce learning
• Pupils should work on keyboarding skills to ensure that they can complete tasks in the time permitted – free touch typing applications are available online

Higher Accounts

COURSE AIMS
• To improve pupils’ awareness of the importance of accounting information to the success of organisations.
• To develop pupils’ accuracy in the interpretation and presentation of accounting information.
• To enhance pupils’ ability in applying IT in accounting related tasks.

COURSE CONTENT
This course introduces pupils to the three specific areas of accounting:
Preparing Financial Accounting Information – pupils will prepare financial accounting information for external use, such as Profit and Loss Statements and Balance Sheets. This information is used by external stakeholders such as investors and competition.
Preparing Management Accounting Information – pupils will develop an understanding of internal accounting information and prepare reports to be used by management in decision making about the future planning and control of the business.
Analysing Accounting Information – pupils will develop skills in interpreting accounting information and use this to assess the organisation’s current financial position and then plan for improvement.

SKILLS
Skills will be developed in:
• presenting and interpreting financial information
• comparing and contrasting accounting information to draw conclusions
• developing critical thinking and problem solving skills by designing solutions to financial problems.
For Higher pupils will require a higher level of skill and a greater depth of knowledge than those required for National 5.

METHODOLOGY
A wide range of learning and teaching approaches are used in the department. These include whole class teaching, group discussion activities, IT activities and individual work. The course is designed to allow many opportunities for collaboration and active learning.

ASSESSMENT
In National 5 and Higher pupils will sit an Assignment task which will be completed in class and will account for 1/3 of their final mark. Pupils will also sit a final written Examination.

HOMEWORK
Pupils will be required to carry out regular reading of course notes to supplement teacher introductions and examples as well as regular revision of accounting layouts. To develop the way of accounting practices pupils will often be expected to complete exercises that the teacher has started in class, this demonstrate the repetitive nature of accounting principles. Once pupils are confident in the layouts and their knowledge they will complete set homework exercises.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP?
Doing the following will help your child to become more skilled in Accounting:
• Encourage your child to read their notes regularly.
• Check the presentation of your child’s work as consistency and accuracy is very important.
• Encourage your child to review their accounting layouts regularly.

Business Managements

COURSE AIMS

The Business (National 3 & 4) and Business Management (National 5/Higher) Courses are designed to enable learners to develop: –
• knowledge and understanding of the ways in which society relies on business to satisfy our needs
• an insight into the systems organisations use to ensure customers’ needs are met
• enterprising skills and attributes by providing them with opportunities to explore realistic business situations
• an insight into business in the local area
• financial awareness through a business context
• an insight into how organisations organise their resources for maximum efficiency and improve their overall performance
• an awareness of how external influences impact on organisations

COURSE CONTENT
National 3 & 4
This course contains two units: Business in Action and Influences on Business

National 5 & Higher
The course contains three units: Understanding Business, Management of Marketing and Operations, and Management of People and Finance.
These core concepts of Business theory and practice will be explored with current and relevant examples of the business world to place the knowledge in context. Pupils will have the opportunity to research real life local business situations and use the case study method to improve both their analytical and literacy skills and ability to work in a group. Pupils will also work collaboratively on business themed presentations which will develop communication skills.

SKILLS
Skills will be developed to allow pupils to be successful in many key transferable skills:
• Research and investigation
• Presenting and communicating
• Decision making
• Analytical and evaluative skills
• Literacy
• Numeracy
• Team working

METHODOLOGY
Many learning and teaching techniques are used in the department. These include whole class teaching, effective questioning, cooperative learning activities, case studies and individual work. ICT is also used regularly to enhance pupils learning. Active learning is at the heart of the course.

ASSESSMENT
National 3 pupils will be assessed on a Unit-by-Unit basis. The course will be assessed on a pass/fail basis within school.
National 4 pupils will be required to provide evidence of the key learning outcomes of each unit, in addition to the assignment which is assessed as an Added Value Unit.
National 5 and Higher pupils will sit summative open book assessments at the end of each unit and at the end of the year. Formative closed book assessment techniques will be employed regularly to allow teachers to check pupil progress.
Pupils will be encouraged to take pride and responsibility in their work, which will include peer assessment and target setting.

HOMEWORK
Pupils will often have to research business concepts for homework. This could mean watching the news and being prepared to present back to class or creating a presentation on a current business issue. Formal written homework will be issued to prepare pupils for assessments.

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP?
Doing the following will help your child to become more skilled in Business Management:-
• Encourage your child to read business news either in print or online.
• Encourage your child to watch the business news and business themed programmes such as Dragons Den and The Apprentice.
• Encourage your child to practise presentations at home.

Staff Members

Mrs Nicola Buchanan
Mrs Michelle Shaw

Further information on each course can be accessed by clicking the relevant link below