Business Management

Business Management: Advanced Higher

Level 7 (24 SCQF credit points)


The External Business Environment

The Internal Business Environment

Researching a Business

The course represents a bridge between the traditionally teacher-led courses of secondary education and the more independent learning expected at university. You are expected to do independent research. All units will involve whole class and individual teaching; group work and pupil centred learning; wherever possible, an integrated approach will be adopted so that pupils will benefit by seeing the holistic nature of the subject rather than merely its component parts. Pupils will be expected to do much of the learning independently, especially the Researching a Business area of study. Staff input for this unit is in an advisory role.

Advanced Higher Business Management Course Specification

The aims of the Course are to enable you to:

  • enhance the skills of independent learning, research, critical analysis and problem solving in a business context

  • apply business and management concepts and theories to draw conclusions

  • assess the social, ethical and global factors that affect local, national and multinational organisations

  • analyse and evaluate leadership, management and motivation theories

  • investigate a range of research and analysis models used to assist in managing change

  • critically assess a range of management techniques used to assist in effective planning and decision making at a strategic level


To achieve the course, the candidate must pass the Units as well as the Course assessment. The candidate’s grade is based on the Course assessment and Business Project. There will be 3 Unit assessments each lasting one hour; Course assessment is a Question Paper lasting 2 hours 45 minutes and has 80 marks available. The business project, based on the study of an external business or industry, should be between 2500 and 3500 words, excluding any appendices.


To Higher Education. Success in Advanced Higher Business Management is very highly regarded by Universities and is an excellent introduction to further Management studies. Many former students have gone on to gain degrees in International Business at the University of Strathclyde, University of Edinburgh and Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Entry requirements

A or B in Higher Business Management