Advanced Higher
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Advanced Higher
SCQF Level 7 (32 SCQF credit points)

You would usually study Advanced Higher courses in your sixth year at school, or at college, often along with Higher courses.

  • More challenging than Higher level courses, Advanced Highers help you to prepare for the independent learning involved in degree level study.
  • They also give you the opportunity to study a subject in greater depth.

Business Management: Advanced Higher

Why Business Management?

This course is designed to extend your knowledge and understanding of business activity with particular reference to the role of enterprise. It deals with the main issues currently facing business in Scotland and in the international environment. It provides you with the opportunity to develop your decision making and problem solving skills through the study of management issues in a variety of situations.

A practical approach to the preparation of plans for business makes the course appropriate if you are planning further study or intending to enter employment in this field.

Entry to the course

This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:

Course Outline

The course comprises three compulsory units and an assessment.

The External Business Environment (8 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

  • develop a detailed knowledge and in-depth understanding of the effects of external influences on organisations operating at a multinational and global level
  • investigate how an organisation is affected by external factors and to gain an in-depth understanding of the responsibilities of managers in an economic, social and environmental context
  • analyse and evaluate the impact of such external factors and consider the effectiveness of various courses of action.

The Internal Business Environment (8 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

  • gain a thorough grounding in the discipline that forms the basis of management practice
  • carry out activities that will expand their knowledge of both traditional and contemporary management theories used by organisations to maximise their efficiency
  • analyse and evaluate theories relating to internal factors that influence the success of teams.

Evaluating Business Information (8 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

  • develop skills in evaluating a range of business information used by organisations to reach conclusions
  • learn to confidently analyse and evaluate business information, based on a research project carried out on a topic from the course.

Course assessment (8 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment has two components with a total of 120 marks:

  • Component 1 - Question paper (80 marks)
  • Component 2 - Project (40 marks).

For Component 2, you will research, analyse and evaluate business information gathered in order to produce a business report.

The question papers will be set and marked by SQA.

Course Assessment

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass both units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.


Successful completion of this course may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in: