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The Business department at The Gap State High School offers students some wonderful options. Courses have been especially designed to develop knowledge and skills for life and for life-long learning. Students are engaged in learning which is preparing them for a changing environment, and lays the foundations for them to successfully manage their personal environment, and to be active in contributing to the management of the broader environment whether it be local, regional, national or global.
 
Businesses are complex and dynamic entities that continually change to meet the demands of consumer markets. Businesses work to meet market demands and reach business goals by formulating strategies concerning marketing, operations, human resources, finance, and business development activities. At the same time, businesses strive to develop ethical business strategies that consider the concerns of all stakeholders while achieving profitability.
 
In the course of their studies, students will collect, analyse, organise information, individually and in teams, particularly in the performance of practical tasks. They will plan and organise activities, and will have opportunities to propose and implement solutions to business-related situations. They will be involved in communicating ideas, information and opinions in a variety of formats for a variety of audiences. As part of their learning and classroom experiences, students will have opportunities to employ mathematical skills, and will be continuously involved in using technologies relating to business.
 
Business subjects provide opportunities for students to use their creativity and derive satisfaction from working with resources as they prepare for future employment.

Junior school curriculum

Business Education

The subject aims to develop in students:

  • a basic understanding of the operation of the world of commerce and the rights and obligations of businesses and consumers
  • investigation skills using IT and conventional methods
  • problem solving skills, and
  • social awareness through the ability to examine critically the impact of technology on the home, workplace and society.

The course provides a very good foundation for students who elect to take Year 11 and 12 Accounting and Business Communications and Technologies (BCT) as an authority subject.

Senior school curriculum

Accounting

The study of accounting enables students to understand the processes involved in generating, recording, classifying, analysing, interpreting and reporting accounting information as a basis for planning, control and effective decision making. This course is designed, not only to provide a foundation in the discipline of accounting, but also to prepare students for further education, training and employment. The subject offers scope and flexibility through the exploration of financial decisions and provides relevance for general education.

Students are provided with opportunities to develop skills in managing financial resources which can be applied at a personal level and in the business environment. They are encouraged to think logically, to apply accounting principles in a consistent and effective manner, and to become independent learners.

Business Communications and Technologies (BCT)

BCT offers students opportunities to engage in and understand a range of business administrative practices through real-life situations and simulations. The course is designed to provide a foundation in the study of business and to prepare students for further education, training and employment.

BCT fosters intellectual, social and moral development by encouraging students to think critically about the role and ethical responsibilities of business in society.

Business Management

Studying Business Management lets students be creative and innovative as they learn how businesses are managed, and understand the important role that managers play in business.

In Business Management, students will explore the main functions of businesses and the ways that these functions work together to achieve business goals and explore key concepts relating to management practices, marketing, operations, human resource, finance management and business development.