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BUSINESS: NCEA LEVEL 1

Course description:

This course introduces students to the basic principles they will need to study Business/Economics at Year 12, 13 and tertiary level. It is for students who enjoy developing business ideas and products and want to study Commerce or Business at university. Topics include marketing mix, developing a business plan, demand, supply and market equilibrium.

Possible pathways:

This course will help to develop a strong basis for Level 2 and 3 Business.

NCEA credits available: Students can gain up to 17 internal credits and 12 external credits. A Merit or Excellence endorsement is possible.

Exclusions: None 


BUSINESS: NCEA LEVEL 2

Course description:

This course introduces students to macro-economics and studies topics around in-flation, growth and unemployment. Looking at how the New Zealand economyreacts to changes. The course also offers students the opportunity to extend theirknowledge i n designing a new product and developing a business plan. There isan opportunity for students to gain credits in Technology for their business product.


Possible pathways:

This course supports students who want to study Business or Commerce at University. It builds strong foundations for study Level 3 Business.

NCEA credits available: Students can gain up to 16 internal credits and 4 external credits for Business as well as up to 10 internal credits for Technology.

Exclusions: None. 


BUSINESS: NCEA LEVEL 3

Course description:

This course builds on Level 1 micro economic topics. It builds a strong foundation for students wishing to continue on studying Business or Commerce at university. Topics include: market equilibrium, externalities of consumption and production and marginal utility, why consumers react to changes in the price of products.

Possible pathways:

This course supports students who want to study Business or Commerce at University, with majors in accounting, agri-business, human resource management, economics, marketing and many more.

NCEA credits available: Students can gain up to 10 internal credits and 4 external credits. A Merit or Excellence endorsement is possible as well as University Entrance.

Exclusions: None 


RETAIL: NCEA LEVEL 2

Course description:

This course offers students the opportunity to gain their National Certificate in Retail, Level 2. This course content is supplied by WelTec and students complete seven units of work. Topics include, theft and fraud, customer service skills and personal presentation.

Possible pathways:

This course supports students who want to work in the retail environment, part or full time.

NCEA credits available: Students can gain up to 27 unit standard credits.

Exclusions: Students should not study retail and business as the retail credits are covered in both courses.


TOURISM: NCEA LEVEL 2 AND 3

Course description:

This course enables students to learn about different aspects of the New Zealand and overseas Tourism Industries. It is open to Year 12 and 13 students

Possible pathways:

Students can move on to further study at Whitireia or NZ School of Tourism or employment in the Travel and Tourism Industry

NCEA credits available: 10 to 20 credits (US) depending on the student’s level

Exclusions: None


GEOGRAPHY: NCEA LEVEL 1

Course description:

Geography explores the relationship between people and the environment. Studying Geography at Level 1 gives you the foundation skills to be able to look at the world through a critical lens and ask questions such as what would happen if or how does that feature affect people and the natural environment. Geography at this level allows you to integrate the social sciences in a practical way. Techniques learnt contribute to literacy and numeracy at NCEA L1.

Possible pathways:

Geographers find employment in many areas. GIS is a growing area of employment. Geographers go onto to be cartographers, town planners, commercial surveyors, teachers to name a few of the occupations. Geographers gain the critical thinking skills to be active participants in many service Responsive industries.

NCEA credits available: 23

Exclusions: None 


GEOGRAPHY: NCEA LEVEL 2

Course description:

In Level 2 geography you will build on knowledge and skills taught in Level 1. Topics of study include urban patterns, global study, contemporary geographic issues, Taupo volcanic zone, inequalities in development. This is as well as developing geographic skills such as mapping and GIS, statistical analysis. As part of this course you will be expected to carry out an inquiry on an area of geographic interest.

Possible pathways:

This is an academic and vocational pathway. Geographers are employed in such diverse fields as surveying and cartography as well as town planning and social policy decision making. Geographers have the critical skills to find employment in a wide range of service Responsive industries.

NCEA credits available: 22

Exclusions: None 


GEOGRAPHY: NCEA LEVEL 3

Course description:

The study of geography at Level 3 is aimed at equipping students with the skills and critical thinking dispositions to embrace a changing world. Students will look at the interaction between the natural and cultural world. Students taking this subject will look at topics as diverse as modern piracy and human trafficking. They will investigate the impact of pollution of marine environments. They will get to explore the impact tourism is having on the places and spaces of New Zealand.

Possible pathways:

As Level 3 geography is a UE subject, students can use the credits gained in this subject to pursue a tertiary pathway. Geography graduates are in high demand in the service industries such as local and regional government. The development of GIS as a tool for analysis and decision making is an area that is experiencing high growth. Geographers develop the critical thinking skills to contribute to many occupations and industries.

NCEA credits available: 17

Exclusions:None