At Beaconhurst, pupils are encouraged to learn how important a role businesses play in the modern world. Business Management pupils learn about how society depends on businesses to create wealth and employment, whilst satisfying unlimited wants and desires. Our pupils will examine how it is essential to have effective business managers and leaders, whilst investigating enterprising and employability skills necessary to compete within the global market place.
Throughout all levels pupils develop skills and lifelong learning applicable to life and work (literacy, numeracy, communication, enterprise, resilience, citizenship, critical and analytical thinking skills). The development of skills and knowledge explicit to business courses will help pupils succeed in life and develop the ability to think logically. These skills will support pupils in becoming more confident, in both their future education and within the world of work.
In Senior 5 and Senior 6 there is an option for pupils to participate in the Young Enterprise Scotland Scheme, allowing them the opportunity to set up and run their own small business from September until the beginning of May the following year. Pupils will learn skills in business planning, marketing and branding whilst dealing with social, ethical and environmental issues. A crucial part of the scheme is development of the skills to produce company presentations and an annual company report, as well as the chance to sit the Strathclyde University Enterprise Exam. Companies complete both locally and nationally with other schools around Scotland, with successful groups going on to the UK and European finals.
The study of Business Management will heighten pupils’ awareness of activities within the business world, as well as develop their knowledge and understanding of economic issues that affect business and society; opening potential career ideas and/or higher education routes.
Business Management is offered at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher and is very popular across the school. Higher Administration & IT is offered to S5 and S6 pupils and takes a more practical approach to the world of business, with particular emphasis placed on the advance application of Office suite software in the Business environment.
Information & Communication Technology is taught to all pupils from Junior 6 to develop the appropriate skills to support learning in the 21st Century. There is a strong programme of Digital Safety taught from an early age, with programming and robotics being introduced in Transition. Computing Science is offered to pupils from S3 at all levels.