Economics & Business Studies

Students learn about the ways in which people participate in economic activities and about the consumption, production, and distribution of goods and services.

They develop an understanding of their role in the economy and of how economic decisions affect individuals and communities.

At Y11, Business and Enterprise Studies is offered as an option subject and combines relevant components of both Economics and Business Studies into one course. At Y12 and Y13, Economics and Business Studies are options selected by students. A good knowledge of Economics and Business Studies will help students better understand and cope with life, work, money, law, business and politics. It will also help with further studies and is an area of expertise that leads to many interesting and well paid jobs in education, banking, insurance, law, commerce, management, marketing and self employment.

Year 11 Business & Enterprise Studies
NCEA Level 1

This course aims to introduce the students to the basics of Business Studies and Economics. Topics include:

  • Internal and external influences on small businesses
  • A product-based business activity
  • Marketing products and the marketing mix

This course will include an opportunity for students to gain credits to meet the Literacy requirements of NCEA Level 1.

Year 12 Business Studies NCEA Level 2

This course will continue the study of business in NZ and enable students to complete the Busines Studies course at NCEA Level 3. Topics include:

  • Internal operation of a large business
  • External factors and their influences on large businesses
  • Conducting market research
  • A community based business activity

Year 13 Business Studies NCEA Level 3

This course develops a global focus on business and examines the internal and external operations of a global business as well as human resource issues, conducting market research and developing and running a sustainable business. Topics include:

  • Internal and external factors for a global business.
  • Complex and critical business problems.
  • Human resource issues.
  • Marketing and conducting an innovative and sustainable business activity.

Year 12 Economics NCEA Level 2

The course aims to introduce students to the main issues that affect an economy at the national level. Topics covered are inflation, economic growth, international trade and government policies for each issue. Prerequisite: NCEA Level 1, including 10 Mathematics and 8 English or with approval from the Curriculum Leader: Social Sciences.

Year 13 Economics NCEA Level 3

The course aims to introduce students to micro and macro Economics in preparation for tertiary study. Topics covered include the analysis and understanding of: consumers, markets and business, as well as the role and significance of government policy, money markets, trade and the national economy. This course offers up to 24 credits over 5 Achievement Standards, 2 internal and 3 external.

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