“In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.”



Leaving Certificate business creates an awareness of the importance of business activity and develops a positive and ethical attitude towards enterprise. The learning experiences in business develop students’ critical thinking, creative and organisational skills while enhancing literacy and numeracy skills using real-life examples. Business provides students with a learning foundation for a wide range of careers in business, marketing, law, enterprise and management.

Course Overview:

This subject teaches the skills and knowledge needed to understand how business works.  This is a practical and vocationally-oriented course that introduces students to the world of Business in a straightforward and logical way. It aims to create an awareness of the importance of Business activity and to develop a positive and ethical attitude towards it. The importance of people in Business is highlighted.

The course sets out to illustrate the process of setting up a business and developing a new product or service. It emphasises the importance of good management and deals with skills and activities necessary for good management practice. It also deals with the impact of technology, foreign trade, global firms and competition and with business structures and the national economy.

The current leaving cert business syllabus was first introduced in 1999 so there are a lot of past papers to help the student when revising.

Course Content:

Unit 1:             People in Business

Unit 2:             Enterprise

Unit 3:             Management 1

Unit 4:             Management 2

Unit 5:             Business in Action

Unit 6:             Domestic Environment

Unit 7:             International Trade

Exam Structure:

Higher Level – 1 x 3 hour paper (400 marks);

Section 1 – Short questions (8/10) 80 marks. 

Section 2 – Applied Business Question – 80 marks (compulsory).  

Section 3 – Long Questions (60 marks per question (4/7))

Ordinary Level – 1 x 2.5 hour paper (400 marks);   

Section 1 – Short Question (10/15) 100 marks. 

Section 2 – Long Questions (75 marks per question (4/8)). 

Career Possibilities:

Business is useful for careers in areas such as Banking, Administration, Insurance, Management and Marketing.

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