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Accounting - Level 1


Qualification: NCEA Level 1

Entry requirements: None, but a strength in literacy and numeracy is an advantage. Some Year 12 & 13 students take L1 Accounting if they haven't done it before. See Mr Blyth or Ms James if you are in Year 12 or 13 and wish to take L1 Accounting as your subject choice needs to be entered manually.

Content/Skills: This course aims to promote knowledge and understanding of accounting as a financial language. Students will learn about accounting concepts, how to make financial decisions, how to process financial information, and how to prepare financial statements. The course focuses on the accounts of sole traders, as well as the accounting needs of an individual.

Field Trips: None.

Course Costs: Please be aware that this course has associated costs. By selecting this course you will be requested to make contributions connected to its delivery. These costs are: $30.00 for workbooks and a revision book.


2 Internal Achievement Standards worth 9 Credits

3 External Achievement Standards worth 12 Credits

Where does it lead? NCEA Level 2 and beyond

There is a wide range of careers open to students of commerce. These include Accounting, Economics, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Importing and Exporting, Insurance, Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Taxation, Tourism, Event Management, Insurance and more.

A great pathway into any of these careers is to complete a Commerce Degree (B.Com) at any university in New Zealand or overseas. A B.Com will require you to complete an accounting paper and an economics paper in your first year of university.

Completing Years 11 - 13 Accounting at school will ensure you are well prepared for an easy transition to these university papers. Students from CGHS are regularly amongst the very top performers in these subjects at university.

Any management position in business or health or education or any field requires an understanding of finances and accounts. If you want to own your own business, or be a decision-maker and leader in any organisation, then study some Accounting.

Information about careers in Commerce (and in lots of other areas) can be found at


Careers in Commerce pay the 4th highest salaries behind IT, Medicine and Engineering.


For case studies of past students who have studied accounting and begun successful careers in that field, see Mr Blyth or Ms James.

For further information about the course see Mr Blyth or Ms James.