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Leaving Certificate Business

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 Content

7 Units covering : Consumer and Industrial relations conflicts and remedies, Management Skills and Activities, HRM, Insurance and Tax, Finance, Starting a business and expansion, Marketing, Types of Business organisations, Business in the domestic environment, Global Business

Final exam consists of 3 sections :


Section 1: 8 short questions

Section 2 : Applied Business Question (taken from known different units each year)

Section 3 : 4 questions

The Business Page
Stock Market Quotes
Who would this subject suit at Leaving Certificate?

The subject is suited to students who are willing to work hard, revise material covered regularly and it caters for all abilities.

Not necessary to write long essays - answers are presented in bullet points in general.

The course content is factual and requires a lot of learning, containing only a few mathematical elements.

Ideally, students would have an interest in business and current affairs and would have an up to date knowledge of the economic environment around them.

There is no need for students to have taken Junior Cycle  Business Studies in order to choose Business for their Leaving Cert but it would be a help.

Type of Homework/Projects/Assignments

100% based on final exam.


Homework/assignments/learning is a combination of questions from material studied, case study analysis and comprehension, analysis of relevant current newspaper articles and videos in order to supplement learning and provide examples, exam questions, group work, individual research and enterprise activities e.g. school bank, competitions, quizzes.


Business course supplemented by the use of ICT. The following websites have proven very useful in our exploration of the Leaving Cert Business course:

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