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
- September 2014 subject update (224 KB)
- Special Edition Update June 2014 (152 KB)
- September 2013 update letter
Unit assessment support
A fourth pack of Unit assessment support - designed to exemplify a portfolio approach - was published in September 2013.
A minor amendment has been made to Coursework information documents to clarify that although it is recommended to use secondary research, candidates and centres may contact businesses directly.
Further Guidance on National 5 Business Management Coursework provides clarification for teachers/lecturers on the production and supervision of the National 5 Business Management Coursework assignment. This document can be found below in the 'Coursework information' section.
Understanding Standards packs for Unit assessment are available from our secure website and teachers and lecturers can arrange access to them through their SQA Co-ordinator. Further materials for National 5 Course assessment will be published from December 2014.
In addition to the above mentioned packs, we are running a programme of subject-specific Understanding Standards events from November 2015 to February 2015. Workshop materials and presentations for subject specialists will be published following each event.
Qualification content and delivery tools
The documents on this page are for teachers and lecturers.
Learners studying this qualification may also find the documents useful.
The 'Related information' panel on this page contains information that applies to all new National Qualifications in this subject.
This explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.
Course Assessment Specification
This explains the structure of the Course assessment; including the type and method of assessment. It also includes information on Course coverage.
These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the Course and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.
Advice and guidance
Course and Unit Support Notes
These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.
Past Papers and Marking Instructions
Specimen Question Paper and Marking Instructions
These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit from session 2013-14. These also include marking instructions.
- Business Management Specimen Question Paper National 5
- Guidance on the use of past paper questions for National 5 Business Management
Hodder Education have produced sets of additional model papers. These include copies of the SQA specimen question papers and are available to buy now.
National Parent Forum Scotland have also produced their Revision in a Nutshell series to help learners to prepare for new National 5 examinations.
General assessment information provides instructions for the conduct of coursework, an overview of the assessment task, evidence to be gathered and general marking instructions.
Coursework assessment tasks provide the live assessment task, including marking instructions and instructions for candidates. Teachers/lecturers can access these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.
Unit Assessment Support
These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.