Business Studies and Economics


What is Business Studies?
At the heart of the study of is the development of skills for team work, enterprise and effective decision making. You will learn how individuals and groups of people organise, plan and act to produce goods or supply services in order to satisfy customers. Business is influenced by the cultural, ethical, environmental, political and economic conditions of the day, so delving into issues such as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise and globalisation are central to your study of business. In Business Studies you will develop your understanding of business theory and practices and be given opportunities to participate in a range of co-curricular and leadership programmes (such as Young Enterprise). You will consider the formation, function and management of businesses.
 
Your work will be assessed by internal and external standards. This means that some skills will be assessed through group and project work undertaken in classes while other key knowledge will be assessed at the end of the year in an examination.
 
Where will Business Studies take you?
The knowledge and skills gained in Business Studies, and exposure to enterprise culture, can help you develop a creative, energetic, and entrepreneurial approach which will foster your ability to contribute to New Zealand’s economic future. You can study Business Studies up to Year 13 and at a tertiary level, or you can apply the skills in a work environment.
 
The door is then opened to careers as a: business manager, human resources manager, promotions and events manager, sales and marketing manager, financier, consultant, executive assistant, office manager, retailer, business owner.
 

What is Economics?
At the heart of the study of Economics is the development of skills for analysis, prediction and decision-making. The study of Economics is about how economies around the world operate. You will learn how individuals and organisations make choices about the use of limited resources to satisfy unlimited desires. Economics helps you explain and predict how goods and services will be produced and consumed. You can expect to explore issues of sustainability, enterprise, citizenship and globalisation. You may also choose to participate in a range of co-curricular and leadership programmes (such as Young Enterprise).
 
Your work will be assessed by internal and external standards. This means that some skills will be assessed through research and project work undertaken in classes and some knowledge will be assessed at the end of the year in an examination.
 
Where will Economics take you?
The knowledge and skills gained in Economics can lead to a better understanding of the society in which we live. You can study Economics up to Year 13 and at a tertiary level.
 
The door is then opened to careers as an: economist, policy analyst, market researcher, statistician, politician, futurist, entrepreneur, financial advisor, marketing manager, advertising executive, real estate developer, systems analyst.
 
Accounting
Accounting may be studied at NCEA Levels 2 and 3. Students will learn the basic principles of accounting and how they apply to small businesses. Emphasis will be on the completion of financial statements and what each statement means.