Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 2 Business Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss C. Barker.

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 1 Economics and / or Accounting is beneficial, but not a requirement for Business Studies Level 2

The study of business is about how individuals and groups of people organise, plan, and act to create and develop goods and services to satisfy customers.

Business is influenced by and impacts on the cultural, ethical, environmental, political, technological and economic conditions of the day. Issues such as sustainability, citizenship, and enterprise, are central to both business and the study of business. The knowledge and skills gained in business studies, and exposure to enterprise culture, can help shape “creative, energetic, and enterprising” young people.

Topics covered include:

Marketing - Designing, conducting and analysing market research to introduce a new product or modify the marketing approach of an existing product.

Human Resource Management - the internal operations of New Zealand businesses and the application of motivation theories.

Internal Factors of New Zealand Businesses - how businesses and organisations respond to issues through organisational structure, roles and skills of managers, financial information, and through policies and procedures whilst appreciating the business' role as corporate citizens and understanding the importance of corporate social responsibility.

Business Operations and Development - carrying out, reviewing and refining a business activity that has a well-being focus that improves the social, mental or physical health of the community.

As this course requires students to work as part of a team, there is an obligation to maintain a high level of attendance for teams to function effectively.

Course Overview

Term 1
Brainstorming, Group Formation, Idea Generation
Business Plan - Mission and objectives and how to have a meeting
Business Plan - Marketing and people
Business Plan - Finance and operations
Conduct market research for a new or existing product
Identifying aims and planning
Designing research (questionnaire, etc.)
Collecting and recording primary data
Presenting results drawing conclusions/evaluating

Term 2
Demonstrate understanding of the internal operations of a large business
Leadership and management
Organisational Structure
Internal Controls
Corporate social responsibility and philanthropy
Financial Information for controlling, reporting and decision making

Term 3
Investigate the application of motivation theory in a business
Herzberg Two Factor Theory and Mayo’s Hawthorne Effect
Collecting Evidence relevant to motivational practice
Integrating Maori Business Concepts

Term 4
NCEA examination

Learning Areas:

Social Science


NCEA Level 3 Business Studies

Level 2 Business Studies gives students the opportunity to work collaboratively in small teams to design, plan and implement a community-focused business project. This will involve formation, production planning, finance, human resource management and marketing.
Students completing this course will be well placed to demonstrate to prospective employers that they have the ability to work effectively in a team and accomplish a desired outcome. Getting a 'foot on the ladder' will give them the opportunity to demonstrate these skills and gain promotion into managerial positions.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Will involve startup costs / fundraising