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Be prepared for hard work.
Be a team player.
Have a good sense of humour.
Learn from your mistakes.

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Business Studies


Junior Cycle - Business Studies

Subject Group: Business
These subjects teach the skills and knowledge needed to understand how business works.

Brief Description:

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.

How will Business Studies be useful to me?

Three subjects follow on from Junior Certificate Business Studies in Leaving Certificate: Accounting, Business, and Economics. Each one becomes more specific and allows you to concentrate more on the subject area you choose. If you wish to study any of these subjects for the Leaving Certificate, it would be advantageous for you to have studied Junior Certificate Business Studies.

Note: The Junior Cycle is changing, and new/revised JCSA curricula are being introduced on a phased basis from September 2014. English is first new programme to be introduced, followed by Science, Irish and Business Studies in 2015.

The New Business Studies specification for Junior Cycle will be taken by first year students from September 2015. 

Details of developments with the new programme are made available here

View / Download Business Studies Factsheet [pdf file]
View / Download full curriculum [pdf file]
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