ASHS Coursebook: 3BUS (Level 3 Business Studies)

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What is this course about?

This course follows on from the skills and knowledge covered in the Level 1 and Level 2 Business Studies courses. Students without either Level 1 or 2 Business are strongly advised to seek advice and guidance from the Specialist Subject leader.

Level 3 the emphasis is on NZ businesses operating in a global context. How they make decisions and how those decisions are affected by both internal and external factors.

This course will act as an ideal preparation for tertiary study in Business, Law, Management and related subjects and of course for an understanding of the key factors impacting on employment patterns in NZ

Business Level 3 has been included on the list of approved subjects for university entrance since 2012

What will I learn?

You will study how global businesses are trying to compete in a crowded global market place

Topic areas include

  1. Innovation
  2. Intellectual property Management
  3. Human resource (HR) management and how to find solutions to HR issues facing a range of NZ Businesses
  4. Quality Control and Lean production
  5. Change management and how firms/leaders can operate a global business in an era of unprecedented technological change
  6. The Quadruple Bottom-Line and how this impacts on business stakeholders.

In addition, the course will encourage students to think and be creative. A willingness to be both open minded and enterprising is essential.

What sorts of things will I do?

Investigate New Zealand businesses which are familiar to the student and try to solve problems

Look at how businesses can expand into overseas markets and the difficulties they can face in trying to do so

Learn about how businesses create a strategy and try to implement this strategy in a global context

This is not a textbook subject. A willingness to share and work as part of a group is very important.

NZ's future entrepreneurs will need to be creative risk-taking, compassionate, ICT literate, social media savvy and fearless. We expect our Albany senior students studying Business to be no less.

What standards can I enter?

The number of standards attempted will be determined in consultation with your teacher.

All of the standards listed are from the Business Studies domain in the NZQA framework.

Summary of standards:
NCEA Level: Standard Number: Name of standard: Version Number: Credits: Assessment: Assessment Dates: UE Literacy:
Demonstrate understanding of how internal factors interact within a business that operates in a global context**
End of year Examinations - November
Reading and Writing


Carry out, with consultation, an innovative and sustainable business activity
Week 6 Term 3
Develop a marketing plan for a new or existing product**
Week 6 Term 2
Analyse a human resource issue affecting businesses*
Week 8 Term 1
Analyse a complex issue affecting a business which operates in a global context**
End of year Examinations - November
Reading and Writing
Total available credits:

22 (26)

Vocational Pathways provide a framework for students to show how their learning and achievement is valued in the workplace by aligning learning to the skills needed for industry.  Follow this link to see the profile for this course.

** Indicates that this external is optional and dependent on the individual's MAP

*Indicates that a reassessment opportunity is available

Scholarship opportunities

There is no scholarship exam for Business Studies in 2014

Frequently asked questions:

Question - Do I need to have studied Level 2 Business Studies to do Level 3 Business Studies?
Advantage - No. It is an advantage to have done Level 2 Business Studies because you will be familiar with some of the terms and concepts that are covered.

Question - Is Business Studies a university approved subject?
Answer - Yes