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National 5 Business Management
Course Information
The purpose of the Course is to highlight ways in which organisations operate
and the steps they take to achieve their goals. This purpose 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, and
therefore gives learners experiences which are topical. 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.
 
Learners will be given the opportunity to be involved in activities which are
challenging, motivating and inspiring.
 
The Course aims to enable learners to develop:
  • Knowledge and understanding of the ways in which society relies on business to satisfy our needs
  • An insight into the systems organisations use to ensure customers’ needs are met
  • Enterprising skills and attributes by providing them with opportunities to explore realistic business situations
  • Financial awareness through a business context
  • An insight into how organisations organise their resources for maximum efficiency and improve their overall performance
  • An awareness of how external influences impact on organisations
Exam Information
Component 1
  • Question paper.
  • Exam time: 1 hour 30 mins. 
The purpose of this question paper is to address breadth and application by drawing on and applying the skills, knowledge and understanding developed from across the
Course. Learners will be required to demonstrate greater depth or extension of skills,
knowledge, and understanding than those assessed in the Units of the Course.

Exam date: 16th May 2017

Exam time: 9:00 - 11:15
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Higher Business Management

Course Information
The purpose of the Course is to highlight ways in which organisations operate and the steps they take to achieve their goals. This purpose 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, and therefore gives learners experiences which are topical. 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.
 
Learners will be given the opportunity to be involved in activities which are challenging, motivating and inspiring.
 
The Course aims to enable learners to develop:
  • Knowledge and understanding of the ways in which society relies on business to satisfy our needs
  • An insight into the systems organisations use to ensure customers’ needs are met
  • Enterprising skills and attributes by providing them with opportunities to explore realistic business situations
  • Financial awareness through a business context
  • An insight into how organisations organise their resources for maximum efficiency and improve their overall performance
  • An awareness of how external influences impact on organisations
Exam Information
Component 1 — question paper
 
The purpose of this question paper is to address breadth and application. Breadth will be assessed by drawing on, and sampling, the knowledge and understanding from across the Course. Alongside the relevant skills learners will also be required to apply their knowledge and understanding of business concepts and situations in contexts which are relatively complex. The question paper will have 70 marks (70% of the total mark). 
 
This question paper has two sections.
  • Section one, titled ‘Case study’, will have 30 marks and will consist of a set of mandatory short-answer questions based on the case study. The questions will be drawn from any aspect of the Course and will require learners to demonstrate the application of skills, knowledge and understanding within the context of the case study.
  • Section two will have 40 marks and will consist of four topic based mandatory questions.
Exam date: 16th May 2017

Exam time: 9:00 - 10:30
 
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National 4 Computing Science
Course Information
Computing science is vital to everyday life — socially, technologically and economically; it shapes the world in which we live and its future. Computing is embedded in the world around us, from systems and devices in our homes and places of work, to how we access education, entertainment, transportation and communication. Understanding computational processes and thinking is also vital to many other fields, including science, economics, business and industry.
 
While many learners will want to become computing professionals, all will benefit from the development of these foundational skills and the underpinning knowledge necessary to meet the needs of society today and for the future.
 
The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:
  • Introduce and develop aspects of computational thinking across a range of contemporary contexts
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of key facts and ideas in computing science
  • Apply skills and knowledge in analysis, design, implementation and testing to a range of digital solutions
  • Communicate computing concepts clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of computing science in changing and influencing our environment and society
 
Related to these aims, and underlying the study of computing science, are a number of unifying themes, including technological progress and trends, the relationship between software, hardware and system performance and information representation and transfer as a core component of any computation. These are used to explore a variety of specialist areas through practical and investigative tasks.
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National 5 Computing Science
Course Information
Computing science is vital to everyday life — socially, technologically and economically; it shapes the world in which we live and its future. Computing is embedded in the world around us, from systems and devices in our homes and places of work, to how we access education, entertainment, transportation and communication. Understanding computational processes and thinking is also vital to many other fields, including science, economics, business and industry.
 
While many learners will want to become computing professionals, all will benefit from the development of these foundational skills and the underpinning knowledge necessary to meet the needs of society today and for the future.
 
The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:
  • Introduce and develop aspects of computational thinking across a range of contemporary contexts
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of key facts and ideas in computing science
  • Apply skills and knowledge in analysis, design, implementation and testing to a range of digital solutions
  • Communicate computing concepts clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of computing science in changing and influencing our environment and society
 
Related to these aims, and underlying the study of computing science, are a number of unifying themes, including technological progress and trends, the relationship between software, hardware and system performance and information representation and transfer as a core component of any computation. These are used to explore a variety of specialist areas through practical and investigative tasks.
Exam Information
Component 1
  • Question paper.
  • Exam time: 1 hour 30 mins. 
The purpose of the question paper is to assess breadth of knowledge from across the Course, depth of understanding, and application of this knowledge and understanding to answer appropriately challenging questions.
  • Section 1 will have 20 marks and will consist of short answer questions.
This Section will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate breadth of knowledge
from across the topics specified in the tables provided in the ‘Further mandatory
information on Course coverage’ section at the end of this Course Assessment
Specification.
  • Section 2 will have 70 marks and will consist of structured questions.
This Section will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate application of knowledge and understanding to answer appropriately challenging context-based questions by drawing on and applying knowledge from the table provided in the ‘Further mandatory information on Course coverage’ section at the end of this Course Assessment Specification.

Exam date: 19th May 2017

Exam time: 13:00 - 14:45
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Higher Computing Science
Course Information
Computing science is vital to everyday life — socially, technologically and economically; it shapes the world in which we live and its future. Computing is embedded in the world around us, from systems and devices in our homes and places of work, to how we access education, entertainment, transportation and communication. Understanding computational processes and thinking is also vital to many other fields, including science, economics, business and industry.
 
While many learners will want to become computing professionals, all will benefit from the development of these foundational skills and the underpinning knowledge necessary to meet the needs of society today and for the future.
 
The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:
  • Introduce and develop aspects of computational thinking across a range of contemporary contexts
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of key facts and ideas in computing science
  • Apply skills and knowledge in analysis, design, implementation and testing to a range of digital solutions
  • Communicate computing concepts clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of computing science in changing and influencing our environment and society
 
Related to these aims, and underlying the study of computing science, are a number of unifying themes, including technological progress and trends, the relationship between software, hardware and system performance and information representation and transfer as a core component of any computation. These are used to explore a variety of specialist areas through practical and investigative tasks.
Exam Information
Component 1
  • Question paper.
  • Exam time: 2 hours. 
The purpose of the question paper is to assess breadth of knowledge from across the Course, depth of understanding, and application of this knowledge and understanding to answer appropriately challenging questions.
  • Section 1 will have 20 marks and will consist of short answer questions.
This section will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate breadth of knowledge from across the topics specified in the tables provided in the ‘Further mandatory information on Course coverage’ section at the end of this Course Assessment Specification.
  • Section 2 will have 70 marks and will consist of structured questions.
This section will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate application of knowledge and understanding to answer appropriately challenging context-based questions by drawing on and applying knowledge from the table provided in the ‘Further mandatory information on Course coverage’ section at the end of this Course Assessment Specification.

Exam date: 19th May 2017

Exam time: 9:00 - 11:15
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