National 5 Business Management
The National 5 Business Management Course builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in National 4 Business and can act as an introduction to the world of business.
Learners will combine practical and theoretical aspects of business learning through 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.
Updates and announcements
- October 2016 subject update (353 KB)
- May 2016 subject update (238 KB)
- October 2015 subject update (302 KB)
- August 2015 subject update (National 5 - Higher) (96 KB)
- May 2015 subject update (206 KB)
- January 2015 subject update (Advanced Higher) (491 KB)
- September 2014 subject update (224 KB)
- Special Edition Update June 2014 (152 KB)
- September 2013 update letter
Changes to assessment in the National 5 course from session 2017-18
Following the Deputy First Minister’s announcement that units and unit assessments will be removed from National 5 to Advanced Higher courses, we are strengthening the course assessment to ensure it covers the full content of the course.
The following summary provides a quick look at what is needed to strengthen the course assessment in your National 5 course. These changes will take effect from session 2017-18 onwards. More detailed information will be provided in the revised Course Specifications, which will be available by the end of April 2017.
Changes to coursework:
There will be no changes to the assignment; however the revised Course Specification will provide further clarification on the conditions for assessment.
The assignment will be worth 30 marks and will contribute to 25% of the course assessment.
Changes to exam:
The question paper will be extended by 20 marks to 90 marks and the duration of the exam will therefore also increase. There will be no changes to the question types.
The exam will now be worth 75% of the course assessment.
Reasons for these changes:
The question paper is being extended to ensure it samples a greater amount of course content, following the removal of units.
Adjusting the component weightings and providing additional clarification on the conditions for assessment will enhance the reliability of the course assessment.
Past Papers and Marking Instructions
Past papers are copies of exams that have been used in previous years. They can be used to help candidates revise for the live question paper.