The Business Studies programme is designed to help students from two perspectives. Firstly, the aim is to impart knowledge that students will be able to apply in their personal lives and business context. Examples include understanding factors which impact the economic success of New Zealand, budgeting and financial awareness skills, marketing skills and writing an effective business plan. Secondly, the Business Studies programme enables students to develop essential life skills around communication, leadership and teamwork. In the main, these skills are developed through participation in a group business activity which simulates how businesses work in the real business world. As part of the business activities, Year 13 students are assigned a successful business person who acts as a mentor to their group and provides feedback on effective business plan writing and presentation skills.
Some courses blend achievement standards across Business Studies, Accounting and Economics. Also on offer is the chance for students to complete some unit standards (broadly based on personal financial awareness and planning).
In Year 10, students can study Enterprise Studies as a two-term course. Students will develop an appreciation of how an economy “works” by exploring different economic sectors, such as the role of Government, Trade, Producers and Consumers. Some basic accounting ideas are explored in the first half of the course. The second half of the course covers a range of issues relevant to businesses in New Zealand and includes the topics listed below.
The 10EntS programme encourages teamwork and effective communication, and much of the learning takes place in groups and often culminates with students sharing their work in presentation format.