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Courses: S1, S2, S3, S4, S5/6


Business ICT

This course provides pupils with the skills in the use of software packages eg presentation, spreadsheet, database and how these packages are used in a business context. Pupils attend the department one period per week.

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Business and ICT

Pupils are learning basics of business and finance. Tasks will provide pupils with a knowledge of how businesses start up and develop. Pupils will experience tasks and projects associated with business. Pupils will learn more about business ethics and globalisation. Pupils attend the department one period per week.


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Administration and IT

Learners will develop a range of both generic and subject-specific skills in familiar administration-related contexts. The skills include the ability to perform simple administrative tasks and to use basic functions of IT applications. Those applications cover word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing and presentation software. Learners will also develop the ability to use technology, including the internet, for simple searching and for processing and communicating information.

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    This Course is designed to develop learners’ basic understanding of the way in which small businesses operate and to encourage enterprising attributes.

    The Course involves experiential learning in practical contexts. Through the use of practical activities and knowledge of business, learners will be given an insight into what businesses do to remain competitive, customer-focused and successful.

    The Course will enable learners to gain a better understanding of the personal qualities and attributes required of people involved in business by developing enterprising and employability skills.

    Financial and economic awareness is developed through a business context. This understanding can be transferred to everyday situations, as learners should be able to manage their own personal finances with confidence and gain a better understanding of economic influences on their lives.

    N4/N5 Administration and IT

    The key purpose of this Course is to develop learners’ administrative and IT skills and, ultimately, to enable them to contribute to the effective functioning of organisations in administrative positions.

    The Course makes an important contribution to general education through developing a range of essential skills which will stand learners in good stead regardless of the career path they ultimately choose. Its contribution to vocational education is just as significant because it opens up progression to a range of careers in administration and IT. The Course also supports the wider curriculum through its emphasis on IT.


    N4 Business

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

    The use of practical activities and theoretical concepts, in real-life contexts, will offer learners opportunities to be involved in learning that is designed to inspire, challenge and motivate them, as well as giving them 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; learners will gain a better understanding of the personal qualities and attributes required of people involved in business.

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


    N5 Business Management

    The purpose of the Course is to highlight ways in which organisations operate and the steps they take to achieve their goals. This will be achieved through combining practical and theoretical aspects of business learning through the use of real-life business contexts. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained are embedded in current business practice and theory, and reflect the integrated nature of organisations, their functions, and their decision-making processes.

    A main feature of this Course is the development of enterprising skills and employability skills. Learners will be able to understand and make use of business information to interpret and report on overall business performance in a range of contexts. The Course therefore includes the study of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors.  The Course explores the important impact businesses have on everyday life. It develops skills for learning, life and work that will be of instant use in the workplace. It supports personal financial awareness through improving learners’ knowledge of financial management in a business context.

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    Higher Administration and IT

    Successful completion of Administration Courses and Units at all levels directly equips students with practical, vocational skills which provide opportunities for employment for those not wishing to progress immediately to further or higher education.

    Study of this Course will not only equip the candidates with the level of competence required for using a range of software packages in an office/business environment, but it will also enable them to research, evaluate and summarise information in an effective way. Data analysis and problem solving are at the core of the Course.
    These skills are essential in school and beyond to support life-long learning and work.

    The solution of a problem for one part of the organisation can result in further problems for other parts of the organisation. Interpretation and communication, therefore, become key elements in problem solving. Solutions in business are seldom finite and, consequently, there will need to be reviews and amendments to respond to changing circumstances and demands.

    Not only should candidates be required to work on their own, but they should also be required to work with other people, thus developing the inter-personal skills required when working in a business environment.


    Higher Business Management

    This course offers opportunities for candidates to develop the crucial skills and knowledge which allow them to access, understand and contribute to the dynamic, complex business and enterprise environment. Whatever the career pathway or progression route, business education enhances individual effectiveness.

    The Course can provide the incentive for candidates to consider the prospect of establishing their own business.

    The Course focuses on analysis of the key functional areas of businesses, such as finance, marketing and human resource management, in all types of organisations. The core of the Course is decision making. Decisions are essential if organisations are to achieve their goals and adapt to a constantly changing environment.

    The Course highlights the importance of enterprise to all organisations and the increasing role that information and communication technology (ICT) plays in business-orientated organisations, particularly with respect to the use and operation of ICT in decision-making. As a result, the Course helps to equip candidates to cope with the requirements of today’s changing employment market.


    Higher Accounting

    The main purpose of the Course is to enable learners to understand, and make use of, financial information so that they can prepare accounting statements and analyse, interpret and report on an organisation’s financial performance. A main feature of this

    The Course aims to enable learners to:

    - understand the significant function that accounting performs in industry and society  develop accuracy in the preparation, presentation, interpretation and analysis of relatively complex accounting information, and apply a systematic approach to solving financial problems

    - apply relatively complex accounting concepts and techniques in the preparation of financial information

    - develop an understanding of a range of sources of finance available to organisations, and of the circumstances in which these sources might be used

    - apply the use of information technology in relatively complex accounting tasks

    The Course combines practical and theoretical aspects of learning related to accounting, and will allow learners to use ICT through tackling both computer-based and paper-based tasks.

    Accounting relates to many aspects of everyday life, and therefore gives learners experiences which are topical and which develop skills for learning, life and work. The Course encourages learners to think logically and to apply accounting principles in their everyday lives, thereby supporting their personal financial awareness.

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