The fundamental purpose of the business studies program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to achieve success in secondary school, the workplace, post-secondary education or training, and daily life.
The Goals of the Business Studies curriculum are to enable students to:
- Gain an understanding of business concepts through the study of subjects such as accounting, entrepreneurship, information and communication technology (ICT), international business, marketing, and business leadership;
- Achieve business, economic, financial, and digital literacy;
- Develop the skills, including critical thinking skills, and strategies required to conduct research and inquiry and communicate findings accurately, ethically, and effectively;
- Apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired through the study of business to a variety of learning tasks and relate them to business phenomena on a local, national, and global level;
- Develop lifelong learning skills that will help them adapt to technological advancements, the changing workplace, and the global economy;
- Make connections that will help them take advantage of potential postsecondary educational, work, and business opportunities.
Five Critical Areas of Learning in All Business Studies Courses
The Grade 9-12 Business Studies curriculum includes a range of courses, each built on the belief that effective learning in all subjects of the discipline depends on the development of knowledge and skills in five critical areas:
- business skills;
- communication in a business environment;
- digital literacy;
- financial literacy;
- ethical, moral, and legal considerations in business.
The Business Studies program comprises a set of interrelated courses that extend and deepen students’ understanding and skills in these critical areas as they progress through the grades, enabling them to apply relevant concepts and skills to a broad range of business-related issues and problems. Recognizing links between these five areas of study strengthens students’ understanding of theory and of successful practice in the world of business. Although the specific content of courses changes from subject to subject and grade to grade, the focus on the five critical areas remains consistent throughout the Business Studies curriculum and lends continuity to student learning.