The course deals with the more practical aspects of business. It encourages the students to place themselves in the role of entrepreneurs and business managers and to develop a critical understanding of the overall environment in which business operates.

The course is divided into three main sections:

Section A People in Business
This section looks at the importance of people in a business setting whether they be managers, investors, producers, suppliers, trade unionists or consumers.   It looks at their interaction with each other.

Section B Enterprise
This section illustrates the process of enterprise both in setting up a new business and in developing a new product or service.

Section C Environment
In this section students analyse those factors that govern modern business such as competition from multinationals and the impact of technology. Generally speaking, much of the material covered is encountered by students in everyday living e.g. Advertising, Marketing, Insurance, Taxation, European Union, Privatisation, Cash flows etc.

The syllabus is also linked to an exciting coverage of Irish companies each Friday in the Irish Times –

The Leaving Certificate 

The Leaving Certificate exam paper is divided into three sections, which reflect the content of the syllabus and within which there is ample choice.

Career Links: Banking, Insurance, Business Management, Marketing, Advertising, Hotel Management etc.

Business at Senior Cycle
Fancy yourself as the next greatest entrepreneur, masterminding new products and running a global corporation; Or maybe you dream of opening your own restaurant, or making a living as a successful writer, film producer, or recording artist?  Perhaps you fancy running your own publishing company like Rosemary Delaney, Managing Editor of ‘Women Mean Business’ Magazine

Business opportunities are at your fingertips –  just be prepared to work hard and keep an eye on what is going on around you in the business world.

Business is mainly about people, products and services. It’s about having ideas, spotting opportunities, having the courage to chase your dreams, and sticking with it when the going gets tough. It’s about understanding people as customers, investors, employees and business partners.

The Leaving Certificate Business course has been designed to prepare you for this dynamic (rapidly changing) business environment. It emphasises the practical skills needed by entrepreneurs, the essential elements of a business plan, the steps involved in developing new products and marketing them to a national or international market. It focuses on the key principles and activities of management. It outlines the global economic environment in which all business now operates and it examines the ethical and environmental challenges of the 21st century.

If you have already studied Business at Junior Certificate level, this course will build on your knowledge. If you are new to the subject however, the course is designed to take you through everything from the beginning.  To succeed in this subject, you will need an interest in what’s going on around you, a willingness to try new things, and plenty of common sense.