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Business Education is an increasingly important and popular department. It encompasses both Business and Economics courses as well as Enterprise opportunities through the school.
The department is made up of Head of Department, Mrs Clare Laird-Portch, and Mr Neil Higgins. They aim to produce enthusiastic, well-motivated pupils who aware of the economic world around them and prepared for involvement in today’s organisations.
Courses are introduced in Form 3 with National 5 Economics, which continues into Form 4. Higher Economics is available in Form 5 with Advanced Higher in Form 6. Business Management is offered either as National 5 or crash Higher in Form 5 or Form 6.
Enterprise activities in the department are available to all pupils in the school regardless of whether they take Business or Economics courses. All trading activities within the department are for Social Enterprise and are designed to develop entrepreneurial skills towards the largest challenge in Form 6. In addition to Enterprise Days run for F2, F4 and F5 during the post exam period, Form 1/2 has a Mini Enterprise Club where they learn how to produce and sell a number of small products. Form 3/4 teams compete in a number of local and national competition including the Coca-Cola Challenge and the Tayside Jamathon. Form 5 pupils, as part of the enrichment programme, can choose to form small companies manufacturing items for the Christmas Fayre before developing leadership and critical thinking skills ready for Form 6’s Dragons’ Glen challenge. This is an annual, Scotland-wide entrepreneurial corporate challenge aiming to maximise the return on an initial £500 investment for Children 1st. Predominately competing against graduate company teams, the pupils use all their skills, creativity and resourcefulness to maximise their team’s efforts with fantastic results, including commendation prizes in several recent years.
In addition, Business and Economics pupils with an interest in financial markets can enter the Student Investor game and try to maximise their earnings from a virtual £100,000 investment. Meanwhile Advanced Higher Economics students put their abilities to the test in the tough UK, Bank of England 2.0 Interest Rate competition; requiring them to thoroughly analyse the economics environment and make suggestions about the most suitable rate.