Level 1 Commerce

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Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: M. Gray.

Students will gain both a practical and theoretical understanding of consumer decisions, producer decisions and the subsequent behaviour of these two groups in the marketplace. They will explore how different groups in the economy are interdependent, how external factors impact on organisations and understand that decisions made by organisations impact themselves and society. 

Why study Commerce?

Commerce offers the tools with which to approach questions and how to make well – informed decisions about the desirability of individual ideas or the likely impacts of public policies. You will acquire problem-solving skills and develop a logical, ordered way of looking at problems.

Economics and Commerce are important for many areas of society. It can help improve living standards and make society a better place, in turn, it can also make things worse. It partly depends on the priorities of society and what we consider most important.

Commerce leads naturally to careers in business, law, research and consulting, marketing, communications or working within the Government.

Note: This is a foundation course that will equip students with economic terminology, knowledge, skills and models essential to the ongoing study of Economics at higher levels.


This course will include learning opportunities that create a foundational knowledge of the subject, as intended by the revised NCEA Level 1. The Big Ideas and Significant Learning will be the focus and this can then be assessed through the new Achievement Standards. Students will be offered assessment opportunities for a selection of these standards based on their progress through the course and how ready they are. It is expected that all students will be able to attempt three NCEA Level 1 assessments throughout each course for around 15 credits. Kaiako (teachers) are looking forward to developing exciting and engaging courses around these features as well as assessments from the new standards in time for implementation in 2024.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Workbook $25



An individual course will only run if sufficient students are accepted into the course.

All approvals for courses through this system are subject to satisfactory achievement in remaining internal standards and external examinations. Course Confirmation Day will run at the start of next year, where final approval for each course will be confirmed.