Qualification: NCEA Level 1
Entry requirements: None.
Content/Skills: This course will introduce you to the language of commerce and business. We examine the influences on the decisions of producers and consumers, and we investigate how markets function and the causes of price changes. You will develop graphical, analytical, communication and decision making skills, all of which are highly sought after by employers.
Field Trips: A free trip to Spagalimis (though you can choose to buy your lunch).
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: $20.00 for workbook.
2 Internal Achievement Standards worth 8 Credits
3 External Achievement Standards worth 12 Credits
For further information see Mr Blyth, Mrs Boyd or Miss Price.
Where does it lead? 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 Year 11 - 13 Economics 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, including coming 1st in first year economics at UC for two of the past three years. Almost all past CGHS students are in the top 25% of students in first year economics papers at UC. We know how to prepare you for university!
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.
Monetary and Fiscal Policy Challenges
In Year 13, selected students will have the opportunity to participate in the Monetary Policy Challenge http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/challenge/
and the Fiscal Policy Challenge http://www.treasury.govt.nz/government/longterm/schoolschallenge