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Assessment for qualifications

The New Zealand Curriculum states “the primary purpose of assessment is to improve students’ learning and teachers’ teaching as both student and teacher respond to the information that it provides.”

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa expresses a similar view in the section Ngā Āhuatanga Ako, under the heading Te Whakarite Aromatawai Whai Take.

Effective assessment in business studies:

  • benefits and involves students
  • supports and informs teaching and learning goals
  • is planned, timely, and effectively communicated
  • is fit for purpose, varied, valid, and fair.

Even high-stakes summative assessment such as for NCEA should be used to promote student learning.

Business studies achievement standards

Twenty-four business studies credits are available at level 1, 27 at level 2, and 30 at level 3.

In the past, the Explanatory Notes (ENs) that form part of each standard typically included details relating to content, contexts, and concepts. This is no longer the case. Instead, information of this kind (Explanatory note 2 material) is to be found in this guide, included with the content of each achievement standard.

Interpretation of the requirements for Achieved, Merit, and Excellence (Explanatory notes 3, 4, and 5) can be found by clicking the link below or on the page of the achievement standard.

Requirements for achievement grades: level 1 | level 2 | level 3

Level 1

  • AS 90837 Business studies 1.1 Demonstrate an understanding of internal features of a small business; External, 4 credits.
  • AS 90838 Business studies 1.2 Demonstrate an understanding of external factors influencing a small business; External, 4 credits.
  • AS 90839 Business studies 1.3 Apply business knowledge to an operational problem(s) in a given small business context; External, 4 credits.
  • AS 90840 Business studies 1.4 Apply the marketing mix to a new or existing product; Internal, 3 credits.
  • AS 90841 Business studies 1.5 Investigate aspects of human resource processes in a business; Internal, 3 credits.
  • AS 90842 Business studies 1.6 Carry out and review a product-based business activity within a classroom context with direction; Internal, 6 credits.

Level 2

  • AS 90843 Business studies 2.1 Demonstrate understanding of the internal operations of a large business; External, 4 credits.
  • AS 90844 Business studies 2.2 Demonstrate understanding of how a large business responds to external factors; External, 4 credits.
  • AS 90845 Business studies 2.3 Apply business knowledge to a critical problem(s) in a given large business context; External, 4 credits.
  • AS 90846 Business studies 2.4 Conduct market research for a new or existing product; Internal, 3 credits.
  • AS 90847 Business studies 2.5 Investigate the application of motivation theory in a business; Internal, 3 credits.
  • AS 90848 Business studies 2.6 Carry out, review and refine a business activity within a community context with guidance; Internal, 9 credits.

Level 3

  • AS 91379 Business studies 3.1 Demonstrate understanding of how internal factors interact within a business that operates in a global context
  • AS 91380 Business studies 3.2 Demonstrate understanding of strategic response to external factors by a business that operates in a global context
  • AS 91381 Business studies 3.3 Apply business knowledge to address a complex problem(s) in a given global business context
  • AS 91382 Business studies 3.4 Develop a marketing plan for a new or existing product
  • AS 91383 Business studies 3.5 Analyse a human resource issue affecting businesses
  • AS 91384 Business studies 3.6 Carry out, with consultation, an innovative and sustainable business activity
  • AS 91385 Business studies 3.7 Investigate the exporting potential of a New Zealand business in a market, with consultation

Last updated July 11, 2012