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The New Zealand Curriculum

The teaching of Business Studies follows the Key Competencies, Values and Principles of the New Zealand Curriculum. The New Zealand Curriculum does not state specific achievement objectives for Business Studies at levels 6, 7 and 8 so learning objectives have been developed to describe the intended outcomes for this subject. At Level 5 of the New Zealand Curriculum the teaching of Business Studies covers achievement objectives from Social Sciences.

To read more about the New Zealand Curriculum visit the 
NZ Curriculum website 

Senior Subject teaching and Learning Guidelines for Business

This document includes the Learning Objectives; Indicators of content; Context elaborations and links to both the New Zealand Curriculum and the Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. Refer to: Senior Subject Teaching and Learning Guidelines

CETA Business Studies Handbooks 
There are booklets for Levels 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the New Zealand Curriculum. These booklets have been developed to assist schools and teachers when designing and implementing programmes for Business Studies appropriate for The New Zealand Curriculum; the Business Studies Learning Objectives and assessing using the NCEA Achievement Standards. It further develops the Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guidelines for Business Studies published by the Ministry of Education.

Programme Planning
When designing a programme for any level of Business Studies (Level 5 – 8 of the New Zealand Curriculum), the documents to refer to are the New Zealand Curriculum, the Senior Subject Teaching and Learning Guidelines and the CETA handbooks.


Business Matrix

The matrix outlines the Achievement Standards available for assessment at Levels 1, 2 and 3 (Levels 6, 7 and 8 of the New Zealand Curriculum). Refer here to find the link to the Matrix document: Business Matrix

Achievement Standards
Level One: 24 credits available – 12 external credits and 12 internal credits
Level Two: 27 credits available – 12 external credits and 15 internal credits
Level Three: 33 credits available – 12 external credits and 21 internal credits
Refer to: Achievement Standards

External Achievement Standards

The following documents are all available on the NZQA Business Studies web page. Refer to: Business Studies External Standard Resources

Assessment Specifications – these are published at the start of each year and they detail any specific details about that year’s external examination. These are available at each level on the NZQA website.

Past Exam Papers – the past NZQA examination papers are available on the NZQA website, along with assessment schedules (answers).

Examiner’s Reports – every year the examiner writes a report about the previous year’s examination. These are available in March/April of the year following the examination. These are known as assessment reports on the NZQA website.

Exemplars – Sample examination papers for new standards http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/subjects/business-studies/annotated-exemplars-2/

Internal Achievement Standards 
TKI exemplars – these are examples of internal assessments that are designed to be used in class after adapting them specifically for your school. New exemplars are written for new standards. Refer to: http://ncea.tki.org.nz/Resources-for-Internally-Assessed-Achievement-Standards/Social-sciences/Business-studies

National Moderator’s Report – every year the national moderator in Business Studies writes a report on the previous year’s internal assessment. This is available March/ April on the NZQA website. Refer to: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/assessment/search.do?query=business&view=reports&level=01

National Moderator’s Newsletters – at various times during the year the national moderator in Business Studies publishes a newsletter that details specific information on current internal assessment issues. Refer to:  http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/subjects/business-studies/moderator-s-newsletter/february-2018/

Clarification Documents – the national moderator in Business Studies periodically writes a document for a specific internal achievement standard clarifying any issues with the assessment of that standard. Refer to: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/subjects/business-studies/clarifications/

Best Practice Workshops – the national moderator runs workshops and cluster meetings around New Zealand and online covering the internal assessment in Business Studies, dates and venues of these workshops are detailed on the NZQA website. Refer to:  http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/events/best-practice-workshops-assessment-and-moderation/

At present Business Studies is not offered at Scholarship level.

Other Resources

Useful websites: https://www.business.govt.nz/  https://www.nzte.govt.nz/  http://www.mbie.govt.nz/