Welcome to Business Education
S1 and S2 ICT is taught jointly by Business and Computing Staff, a description can be3 found on the Computing Department page.

S3 Business and IT

Business and enterprise is all around us and often affects the world we live in even without us realising it.

Edinburgh’s world famous Hogmanay street party, 2015 Special Olympics in LA, the World Cup and Commonwealth Games. These large events raise money and awareness throughout the world. Other events include film premieres, charity events and organising staff meetings.

During the course you will plan an event using ICT, money management and considering the affect the event will have on the environment. Which will involve the following:

  • Communicating effectively is a skill that successful entrepreneurs possess. If you are running an enterprise you need to manage everything from serving customers to preparing your accounts.
  • Cash is vital to any enterprise; they need to budget to make sure they don’t run out of cash and can't pay their suppliers or their employees. Employees need to know how to budget the money that they earn.
  • Businesses have a responsibility not only to keep their employees safe and healthy but also to understand the impact they have on the wider world.

There are 5 areas of study:

  • Planning an Event
  • Fair Trade
  • Entrepreneurs and Business
  • Personal and Business Budgeting
  • Health and Safety

Skills developed throughout the course:

  • ICT
  • Teamworking and communication
  • Planning, researching and organising

N4, N5 and Higher Administration and IT

Information Technology is all around us – Internet, tablets, smart phones, and has become part of our everyday lives. Admin and IT is an area of growth and offers employment opportunities in a wide range of industries. The Administration and IT Course develops a range of skills for learning, life and work and lays down a foundation for lifelong learning and a successful working life. These include IT and aspects of literacy, numeracy and thinking skills.

The main purpose of this course is to develop your administrative and IT skills and, ultimately, to enable you to contribute towards the effective running of a business.
The Administration and IT Course will help to develop you as a successful learner who will achieve through participating in engaging, motivating and relevant learning experiences in real-life administration contexts; and as a confident individual who gains satisfaction from taking part in practical activities relevant to the world of work and from having their achievements and skills recognised.
By following the Administration and IT Course you will become a responsible citizen who actively participates in the work of the class, become aware of issues affecting society, such as internet safety and the impacts of IT, and take on organisational tasks; and as an effective contributor who shares their views with others, effectively contributing to group tasks and supporting their peers whenever appropriate.


  • Further Education in Administration
  • National 5 Business Management
  • Higher Business Management
  • SCQF Level 5 Financial Services
  • SCQF Level 5 Retailing
  • Employment/training in a variety of industries

N4 Business, N5 and Higher Business Management

Business plays an important role in society. We all rely on businesses and entrepreneurs to create wealth, prosperity, jobs and choices.

The purpose of the Course is to develop your understanding of the way in which businesses operate in the current dynamic, changing, competitive and economic environments, and to encourage enterprising attitudes.

The Course aims to enable you to develop:

  • knowledge and understanding of business concepts
  • awareness of how businesses ensure customers’ needs are met
  • enterprising skills
  • financial awareness
  • an insight into the impact of the economy on businesses and our daily lives

The use of practical activities and theory, in real-life contexts, will offer you opportunities to be involved in learning that is designed to inspire, challenge and motivate you, as well as giving you an insight into the steps businesses take to become and remain competitive and successful.

A main feature of this Course is the development of enterprise and employability skills; you will gain a better understanding of the personal qualities and attributes required of people involved in business. This will be made possible through activities which demonstrate understanding of risk taking and decision making, thereby enabling you to cope more easily in our rapidly changing business environments.

The knowledge gained of financial and economic situations, can be applied to personal living so that you can manage your own personal financial affairs with confidence, and gain a better understanding of the impact of economic issues on their lives.


This Course or its Units may provide progression to:

  • National 4 Administration and IT
  • National 5 Administration and IT
  • Further Education in Business Management
  • SCQF Level 5 Financial Services
  • SCQF Level 5 Retailing
  • National Certificate in Further Education training/employment

N5 Retailing

How often do you go shopping? Do you think you know what it takes to be a good sales assistant? One in 10 people in the UK are employed in the retail sector. Many retailers offer training opportunities and management trainee schemes. This Retailing Course will provide you with a qualification in retail which reflects the employability skills identified as being important by many employer.

The Course will provide you with opportunities to develop general and practical skills as well as knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of retailing.


  • National 5/Higher Administration and IT
  • National 5/Higher Business Management
  • SCQF Level 5 Financial Services
  • Further Education in Administration
  • Modern Apprenticeships in Retail
  • Employment/training in a variety of industries
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