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Blakehurst High School

Blakehurst High School

Nihil Sine Labore

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Business services

The HSC VET business services curriculum framework is based on units of competency and qualifications contained in nationally endorsed training packages. Students have the potential to obtain a Certificate II in business (upon successful achievement of all competencies) or a statment of attainment towards a Certificate II in business.

a drawing of how business services are done.

Business services is completed over 2 years (240 hours).


Students will study 9 compulsory units:

  • participate in OHS processes
  • communicate in the workplace
  • deliver a service to customers
  • work effectively in a work environment
  • process and maintain workplace information
  • participate in sustainable work practices
  • organise and complete daily work activities
  • work effectively with others
  • use business technology.

Students will also study up to 5 elective units:

  • handle mail
  • develop keyboard skills
  • produce simple word processed documents
  • create and use spreadsheets
  • communicate electronically.

To meet Board of Studies requirements, students must complete 70 hours of work placement.


How much practical/ theory work is there in this subject?


This is a competency-based course. To be assessed as competent a student must demonstrate that they can carry out various tasks to the standard required by industry. Therefore there is a strong emphasis on practical skills in this course. Theory work is also required to provide knowledge of industry terminology and functions for students to sit for the HSC examination in this subject.


What background and skills are recommended for this subject?


Students should have an interest in the business services industry with a view to a career in fields such as receptionist, clerical assistant, personal assistant, and secretary.


Are there additional requirements for this subject?


A working knowledge of keyboarding and word processing computer programs is desirable but not essential. Computing skills may be an advantage but not necessary. Students must complete 70 hours of work placement in the business service industry over the two-year course.


There is also a fee charged of $30 per year.


Are there any exclusions for this subject?


There are no exclusions for this subject.


How will this course help me in the future?


The competencies, skills and work experience students gain in this course will equip them for direct entry into the workforce. In addition to HSC qualifications, successful completion of this course will provide students with a Certificate II in business that is a nationally recognised entry-level employment qualification.