Assessment Specifications

Level 3 Business Studies 2019

General information

Domain

Business Studies

Mode of Assessment

Written Examination

Standards

91379  91380  91381

Format for the assessment

Candidates should use business theory, knowledge of a New Zealand global business, and/or a case study to illustrate their answers. The typical learning context is a New Zealand-registered business operating in a global context.

Candidates are required to demonstrate understanding of a selection of the business knowledge, concepts, and content specified for each standard in the Assessment section of the Teaching and Learning Guide for Business Studies

Candidates should also refer to the Clarifications to the Achievement Grades for level 3 for clarification and guidance of the level of responses required for Achievement, Achievement with Merit, and Achievement with Excellence.

The Key Concepts (enterprise, globalisation, citizenship, and sustainability) and the Māori Concepts (pūtake, tūranga, tikanga, kaitiakitanga, and rangatiratanga) are relevant to all achievement standards, and should be incorporated throughout a Business Studies programme.

The specific Māori concept that will be examined in 2019 is Rangatiratanga: exercise of leadership, authority, guardianship, and ownership rights; particularly focused on resource production, utilisation, and management for current and future requirements. This includes strategic development and oversight, relationship development and maintenance, problem solving, conflict resolution and peacemaking, adaptation, risk analysis, and management.

Candidates may refer to any Māori business concept for any answer where relevant.

Each of the three examinations will have ONE question with multiple parts, covering several aspects/topics from the Teaching and Learning Guidelines for the achievement standard. Candidates will not be required to write an essay, but for Achievement with Excellence, will be expected to write extended answers that involve evaluation.

The assessment is also available in digital format, which candidates will be able to complete instead of the equivalent paper assessment. Resources provided in the digital assessment will be text and / or static images. Further information about the 2019 digital external assessments can be found on the NZQA website.

Equipment to bring

Calculators are permitted.

Specific information for individual external achievement standards

Standard

91379

Title

Demonstrate understanding of how internal factors interact within a business that operates in a global context

Version

2

Number of credits

4

Special notes

A business context will be provided for the examination. Where applicable, candidates may use the New Zealand-registered business operating in a global context that they have studied, to answer any part of the question, or the business context provided in the examination. There will be one part of the question where candidates will be expected to refer to the actual business they have studied.



Standard

91380

Title

Demonstrate understanding of strategic response to external factors by a business that operates in a global context

Version

2

Number of credits

4

Special notes

A strategic response means a relevant ‘business-wide’ reaction at multiple levels. It may be of different size and scope (e.g. whole business, global, or regional market, all departments, or single department), and time frame (e.g. short, medium, or long term), depending on the issues identified, and strategies chosen to respond.

A business context will be provided for the examination. Where applicable, candidates may use the New Zealand-registered business operating in a global context that they have studied, to answer any part of the question, or the business context provided in the examination. There will be one part of the question where candidates will be expected to refer to the actual business they have studied.



Standard

91381

Title

Apply business knowledge to address a complex problem(s) in a given global business context

Version

2

Number of credits

4

Special notes

Candidates will be required to fully explain the causes and effects of the problem, evaluate solutions, and make fully justified recommendations.

Candidates will be expected to refer to the given context provided in the resource material.

Business Studies subject page 2019 Examination timetable

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