Business Studies helps you to make more informed decisions in the everyday business of living. It gives you a better understanding of the world of work. It encourages you to think about how and why people start up in business and why you too might also consider starting a business.
The Junior Certificate Business Studies course covers the everyday business of living, contributing to an understanding of the world of business and encouraging a positive attitude to enterprise and developing appropriate skills.
The syllabus consists of four main interrelated sections:
(a) The business of living - this would include such topics as personal finance, consumer education, insurance, money and banking.
(b) Economic Awareness - this is an elementary introduction to economics and its importance in society. Topics would include taxes, foreign trade, unions, communications.
(c) Enterprise - this would include business orientated topics such as advertising, marketing, types of business units. It also incorporates a substantial accounting element.
(d) Information Technology - this would cover computer applications and keyboarding.
A pupil of average ability who works reasonably conscientiously should not find too much difficulty in dealing with the course, but emphasis is placed on neatness, accuracy, attention to detail and general presentation.
The value of this subject may be considered from two aspects. Firstly, it provides a broad general knowledge of accounting and business of value and relevance to any adult, but particularly useful to someone going into a business type career on leaving school. Secondly, it lays a suitable foundation for studying the business studies subjects (Accounting, Business Organisation, Economics) at Leaving Certificate and perhaps later at Third Level, or for entry to professions such as Accountancy.