Business plays an important role in society. We all rely on businesses to create wealth, prosperity, jobs and choices. Therefore, it is essential for society to have effective businesses and business managers if it is to sustain this role. To promote the skills needed for this, Kelvinside offers courses throughout S1 – S6 in Business Management, Economics and Enterprise.
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
In S1 and S2 pupils study Enterprise within the curriculum. The course develops an awareness of the role of entrepreneurs in the modern business environment, the importance of commercial awareness and the impact of business on society. This can be developed further through the Young Enterprise Scotland Programme in the senior years, whereby students have the opportunity to set up and run their own private limited company.
In S3 and S4 pupils study National 5 Business Management. The duration of study gives learners a greater understanding of the dynamic, changing, competitive and economic environment of industry and commerce and is important in preparing students for employment. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained will be embedded in current business practice and theory, and will reflect the integrated nature of organisations, their functions and their decision-making processes.
The National 5 course leads on to Higher Business Management in S5/6, which can be useful preparation for Higher Economics in S6. Throughout the course students further develop their business knowledge and understanding by studying the ways in which large organisations operate and the steps they take to achieve their strategic goals.
Key aspects of the business environment are learned in the study of Marketing, Human Resources, Operations and Finance. This is achieved by combining theoretical and practical aspects of learning through the use of real-life business contexts. Course work will reflect and embed the integrated nature of large organisations and learners will be able to understand and make use of primary research and business information to interpret and report on overall business performance in a range of contexts.
Both the Business Management and Enterprise courses are suitable for students interested in entering the world of business, whether as a manager, employee or self-employed person. They develop core skills in information technology as well as problem solving and working with others.
Economics is about choice and its impact. It relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals or families to the structures created by governments and businesses. An economic way of thinking can help learners make better choices relating to their life and work.
The main purpose of the Higher course is to highlight how important economic concepts, government policies and global trade are to our everyday lives. It will build on learners’ own experiences as consumers and, in addition, help them to interpret economic situations through the application of these concepts.
The course looks at the role of government, business and global trade, exploring the economic environments in which they are set. It is designed to develop learners’ understanding of the economic environment in which we live. This will enable students to apply economic concepts set in real-life contexts.
The main feature of Business Management, Enterprise and Economics is the important impact they have on everyday life, thereby giving learners experiences which are topical. It develops skills for learning, life and work that will be of instant use in the workplace and develops enterprising and employability skills.