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Leaving Certificate Business Studies

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 the subject.
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, business structures and the national economy.
Business requires students to stay alert and aware of the current related business affairs in the media i.e. Newspapers, TV & Radio

Subject Content & Outline

  • This subject is concerned with understanding the environment in which business operates in Ireland and in the wider world.  It also involves equipping students with a positive view of enterprise and its applications in the business environment, in both the public and private sectors. 
  • There are 7 core units covering the following topics: Introduction to people in business; Enterprise; Managing 1 & 2; Business in action; Domestic Environment and International Environment. 
  • There is a common syllabus covering Higher and Ordinary level, which will fulfil the aims and objectives of the course. 
  • This subject can assist students to develop their education for adult and working life including the creation of positive attitudes towards self-employment. 
Unit 1

Introduction to people in business
People and their relationships in business
Conflicting interests and how they are

Unit 2

Introduction and definition of enterprise
Entrepreneurs and enterprise skills

Unit 3

Managing 1
Introduction and definition of management
Managers and management skills
Management activities

Unit 4

Managing 2
Household and business manager
Human resource management
Changing role of management
Monitoring the business

Unit 5

Business in action
Identifying opportunities
Getting started

Unit 6

Domestic environment
Categories of industry
Types of business organisation
Community development
Business and the economy
Government and business
Social responsibilities of business

Unit 7

International environment
Introduction to the international
trading environment
European Union
International business

Exam Structure – Higher & Ordinary Level

Higher Level – 3 hour paper (400 marks) 3 sections

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

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

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

Ordinary Level – 2.5 hour paper (400 marks) 2 sections

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

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