Business Studies


What should I have already achieved?

You have completed Level 1 Business Studies having passed one externally assessed exam or have gained NCEA Level 1 literacy. You have an entrepreneurial spirit - a willingness to try new things and be awesome.

What will I learn?

The Level 2 course is a practical course where you will have the ability to set up and run a real business, a business making real products and using real money that your business wishes to invest.

How is this course assessed?

The focus is on learning the skills needed to effectively plan for and run a business. Learning in Business Studies is assessed through both internal and external achievement standards.

Will there be any FAO? (Further Assessment Opportunities)

No. The learning takes place over most of the year, from the start of Term 1 till the end of Term 3. The size and scale of the project means that FAO's are not able to be offered.

Business Studies Clauses

  1. Business Teachers will determine the necessity of any business visits for your business activity during school hours. If your teacher approves this it will ONLY be permitted during your Business Studies class times and inform OSC Reception. You will still follow the school sign in and sign out procedures.
  2. For any outsourcing of work to other students from other learning areas or use of premises such as Art, Tech or Computer Science, there must be a signed Memorandum of Agreement (Copy attached) between your Business Teacher and the other specialist teacher.
  3. There is to be no display of paper posters around OSC. Instead, if you decide to create a stall banner, you will be allowed 2 afternoons after school in the Art Room, booked via your Business Teacher.

Course Costs

Business Investments

Students in business groups will need to determine how much they wish to invest in their business activities. An guide on the level of investment is $100 (Approximately $25 per student in a group of 4). This investment should cover set-up costs of product / service research and design, product / service design, stall hire, display of the product e.g. table cloth, banners. A discussion on sensible investing to you business will take place in Term 1.

Motivation Theory Field Trip

In Term 3 students will visit Rainbows End to learn about the Motivation Theories use by Human Resources to train staff so as to ensure customers keep returning. The cost of this field trip is approximately $40 per student.