NCEA Level 3 Business Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: C. Bedward

The general aim of Level 3 NCEA Business Studies is for students to further develop their understanding of business theory and practices in a range of relevant contexts, through experiential as well as theoretical approaches to learning. At this level, students will produce and take to market an innovative product. Throughout the business life cycle, on-going consultation with business mentors will be undertaken and documented. Students will also apply marketing tools to write a comprehensive marketing plan for a new or existing product/service. A marketing budget, timeline and monitoring process will be identified and contingency plans available if needed.


  • Market research;
  • Marketing strategies;
  • Business operation; and
  • Problem solving.

This course is a University Entrance approved subject.

Recommended Prior Learning

Completion of Year 12 Business Studies is recommended.

Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91382 v2 Business Studies 3.4 - Develop a marketing plan for a new or existing product
6r *
A.S. 91384 v2 Business Studies 3.6 - Carry out, with consultation, an innovative and sustainable business activity
9r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 15

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 15 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.

Pathway Tags

Marketing Manager, Marketing Executive, Sales Manager, Banker, Market Researcher, Advertising, Sports Marketer, Events Manager, Teacher, Small Business Manager, Financial Analyst, Product Manager, Product Development, Human Resources Advisor, Recruitment Manager, Entrepreneur (in your own business), Journalist, Investment Banking, Retail Buying, Retail Management, Public Relations Officer, Bank Management, Distribution & Logistics Management, Insurance Underwriter, International Market Developer, Property Manager, Property Valuer, Property Developer, Insurance Underwri


For NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3 courses will be made up of a selection of the stated standards. This will happen at the beginning of the year with the assigned teacher.