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Economics - Level 2


Qualification: NCEA Level 2

Entry requirements: None, but ECO 1.4 is desirable.

Content/Skills: This course will enhance your ability to understand the importance of the economic information you receive daily through the media so you are able to make informed decisions about buying, saving, investing, borrowing, employment and overseas travel. The topics covered are trade, inflation, growth and government economic policies.

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.


3 Internal Achievement Standards worth 14 Credits

2 External Achievement Standards worth 8 Credits

This course offers 6 UE Reading and 8 UE Writing 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 12 and Year 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 for two of the past three years. Almost all past students of CGHS are in the top 25% of students in first year economics papers.

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