Level 3 Business Studies

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: R. Birch

Entry Guidelines

Having studied Business Studies, or Economics, at Level 2 is preferred. Generally good achievement at NCEA Level 2 may be sufficient to negotiate entry to this course.

This course is primarily focused on running an innovative, ethical and sustainable business online and/ or within the local community.

The assessment aspect of this requires students to work within a business group of their choice or independently. Students are required to prepare a business plan which covers all components of a business model and gives focus to creative ideas, sustainability and ethical decision making. This is a full year assessment and is worth 9 credits. 

Marketing is a 10 week internal assessment which requires business groups to complete a marketing campaign to promote their product to a target audience and is worth 6 credits.

This is a university approved subject.

Optional Standard

A.S. 91380 v2 Business Studies 3.2 - Demonstrate understanding of strategic response to external factors by a business that operates in a global context - 4 credits

This external standard is offered for students as an optional/ extra standard decided after consultation with Mr Birch. It is expected students are not entered for more than 18 credits except for exceptional circumstances so most likely this would be in lieu of another standard.

This standard focuses on international business and strategic responses to external factors. Students undergo a case study on a specific NZ business that operates in a global context and they are expected to use this content within the examination.


Social Science

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Initial investment of about $100 to kickstart student's own business. Any costs after that are not expected but might be necessary.

Pathway Tags

Marketing Manager, Marketing Executive, Sales Manager, Banker, Market Researcher, Advertising, Sports Marketer, Events Manager, Teacher, Small Business Manager, Financial Analyst, Product Manager, Product Development, Human Resources Advisor, Recruitment Manager, Entrepreneur (in your own business), Journalist, Investment Banking, Retail Buying, Retail Management, Public Relations Officer, Bank Management, Distribution & Logistics Management, Insurance Underwriter, International Market Developer, Property Manager, Property Valuer, Property Developer, Insurance Underwriter


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.