Intermediate 2
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Intermediate 2

You usually take these courses if you:

  • have finished Standard Grade General level; or
  • want to take an alternative to Standard Grade Credit level; or
  • want to take up a new subject at school or college.

Generally, three national units (blocks of work that usually take 40 hours to finish) plus 40 hours flexible time make up these courses.


Business Management: Intermediate 2

Why Business Management?

Business education has a key role in the curriculum of schools and colleges because of the importance of business and enterprise in our society today. This course offers you an introduction to the business world and enables you to understand the role and operation of business. It will also help you to develop problem solving skills and improve your personal effectiveness.

Entry to the Course

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

  • Standard Grade Business Management at General level
  • Intermediate 1 Business Management units or course
  • an equivalent qualification.
  • Standard Grade or Intermediate 1 English.

Course Outline

The course consists of three compulsory 40 hour units plus 40 hours flexible time.

Business Enterprise (40 hours)

Business in Contemporary Society

This section of the unit deals with:

  • the role of business in society
  • sectors of activity
  • types of business organisations
  • methods of obtaining finance
  • business objectives
  • the role of the entrepreneur
  • stakeholders
  • changes in the business environment.

Business Information and ICT

This section of the unit deals with:

  • sources of information
  • types of information
  • uses of information in business
  • ICT in business
  • benefits and costs of ICT.

Decision Making

This section of the unit deals with:

  • types of decision
  • the decision making process.

Business Decision Areas: Marketing and Operations (40 hours)


This section of the unit deals with:

  • the marketing concept
  • the marketing mix
  • market research.


This section of the unit deals with:

  • the role of operations in an organisation
  • elements of the operations function
  • types of operations
  • quality.

Business Decision Areas: Finance and Human Resource Management (40 hours)

Financial Management

This section of the unit deals with:

  • the role of the finance function
  • financial information
  • uses and users of financial information.

Human Resource Management

This section of the unit deals with:

  • the role of human resource management in organisations
  • recruitment and selection
  • training and development
  • employee relations
  • legislative requirements, such as equal opportunities and health and safety.



The course is assessed by a combination of internal assessment by the subject teacher/lecturer and an external examination, set and marked by the SQA.


Successful completion of this course may lead to:

Higher in

Business Management
Training (VQ); Employment in

  • Administration & Management
  • Computing & ICT
  • Hospitality, Catering & Tourism
  • Transport & Distribution