Business Studies - Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: A. Leech

The study of business is about how individuals and groups of people organise, plan, and act to create and develop goods and services to satisfy customers.

The knowledge and skills gained in business studies, and exposure to enterprise culture, can help shape “creative, energetic, and enterprising” young people who will contribute to New Zealand’s economic future.

In business studies, students develop their understanding of business theory and practices in a range of relevant contexts, through experiential approaches to learning. (running your own business)

Topics include:
• Operating a small business
• Develop a marketing plan
• Investigating the exporting potential of a NZ business in the global market.
• Understanding of human resource issues in a NZ business context.
• Opportunity to compete in the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme
• Understanding of innovation and sustainability in a NZ business context.

Course Overview

Term 1
Introduction &
AS91382 Marketing Plan (Int)- students will produce a Marketing Plan and implement real life research and come up with strategies to market a real product/service

Term 2
AS91382 Marketing Plan (Int)- students will finish Marketing Plan

AS91384 Running a Business (Int)- students will have the opportunity to start a real life business and make some profits. They will also have the opportunity to enter the Young Enterprise Scheme.

Term 3
AS91384 Running a Business - students will finish this standard

AS91381 - Complex Problem(Ex) - students will learn about how businesses deal with problems and come up with possible solutions to these

Term 4
AS91381 - Complex Problem(Ex) - revision for exam


This course is open entry.

Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91384 v2 Business Studies 3.6 - Carry out, with consultation, an innovative and sustainable business activity
9r *
A.S. 91382 v2 Business Studies 3.4 - Develop a marketing plan for a new or existing product
6r *
A.S. 91381 v2 Business Studies 3.3 - Apply business knowledge to address a complex problem(s) in a given global business context
4r,4w *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 19

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.

Pathway Tags

All students who take business studies gain knowledge, skills, and attributes that they will need should they become entrepreneurs, run their own business, or become involved in a business or community organisation. The skills students learn in business studies are transferable to learning in many other areas, and to real life.


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