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Leaving Certificate

Business

Career Zone
QQI
NFQ Level
Duration
2 Years

Summary

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.

Why Study Business

Business is not specifically required for entry into any third level course but it would certainly be beneficial for candidates who might be interested in courses or careers in the area of finance, enterprise, law and communications.

What kind of student would Business suit?

Business will suit a candidate who is interested in current affairs and listens to the news, reads the papers and stays alert to what is happening in the general business world. While there is a fair share of learning of key concepts the ability to apply these concepts in everyday life will be the difference between passing the subject and getting a good mark.

While the business concepts are easy to understand, it will be important to show that you can apply the concept to everyday business life.

This subject suits someone who has an organised mind and likes to answer questions in bullet points, rather than in long essay format.

This subject would be useful to anyone thinking of starting his or her own business in the future.

Recommendations/Tips/Comments

  • The subject is suited to students who are willing to work hard and caters for all abilities. 
  • It is not necessary for students to have studied Junior Certificate Business Studies, but this would be a help.
  • Not necessary to write long essays, answers are presented in bullet points.
  • 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 economic environment.
  • An organised and consistent attitude to homework and study would be essential in this subject.
This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors:

Grades Awarded

Marks Distribution 2019:

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 13805 students who sat the Higher Level Business exam in 2019.

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 3521 students who sat the Ordinary Level Business exam in 2019.

 

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Course Overview

This subject teaches the skills and knowledge needed to understand how business works. 

This is a practical 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 it. The importance of people in business is highlighted.

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 and competition and with business structures and the national economy.

Business requires students to stay alert and to be aware of current related business media (e.g. newspapers, TV, radio).  The course is theory based and therefore requires a lot of learning.

Leaving cert business has been on offer for many years now, so there are lots of past papers to help the student when revising.

Course Content

  • This subject is concerned with understanding the environment in which business operates in Ireland and in the wider world. 
  • It also involves equipping the 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. 
  • A flexibility of design that caters for present day Irish business education and yet is capable of adaptation to future developments in a structured and efficient way. 
  • It assists students to develop their education for adult and working life including the creation of positive attitudes towards self-employment. 
  • From time to time there may be field trips or guest speakers where the course allows.  These are not a compulsory part of the course and are organised at the teachers’ discretion. 

Exam Structure

Exam Structure - Higher & Ordinary Level

Higher Level – 1 x 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 (60 marks per question (4/7))

Ordinary Level – 1 x 2.5 hour paper (400 marks); 2 sections.   

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

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

Career Possibilities

Business is useful for careers in a wide range of areas including Banking, Finnace, Administration, Law, Insurance, Management and Marketing among others.

Career Guidance

Subject Group: Business

These subjects teach the skills and knowledge needed to understand how business works.

Required for 3rd Level?

This subject is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system.

Interviews

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

Tracey Roche, Design Engineer

My Leaving Cert subjects were as follows: English, Irish, Maths, French (obligatory subjects). My choice subjects were: Accounting, Physics & Chemistry. I did all honours subjects and I think doing honours Maths and English especially really help.

English is not immediately obvious when one thinks of a career in Engineering, but from the point of view of report writing and corresponding with team members and even customers via email etc, it is a very important skill to master.

I was not 100% sure of my career path at the time of choosing the above mentioned "choice-subjects". My way of thinking was, one business subject, one science and another one that I thought I might like or be good at. Physics, Chemistry and Accounting all have a common theme of maths and problem solving, this was my link into Electronic Engineering... In hindsight, had some form of technology or electronics courses been available in my school, I think these might have been helpful. I'm not sure which subject I would have replaced though!

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Megan McEvoy, Dancer
Aside from English, Irish and maths I did music, French, art and chemistry. I did business studies until the Junior Cert but dropped it then. Although I didn't enjoy business studies I really wish I had kept it on as had I known that I'd be self-employed in the future it would have helped me greatly in terms of tax, loans, self-marketing and starting a business.

Essentially I am now running a small business by being self-employed. While I didn't use French and ended up living in Spain for 4 years I do feel having had a second language in school made picking up Spanish easier for me and I was really willing to learn it. Music of course has helped greatly in my career as there is nothing worse than a dancer who has no sense of musicality. Music has always played a big part in my life and many teachers have commented on my strong sense of musicality through dance.

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Brian Kelly, Science Entrepreneur

I did the following subjects for my Leaving Cert: Irish, English, Maths, French, Physics, Chemistry, Accounting and Applied Maths.

When choosing my subjects in 5th year in School I deliberately ensured that I did at least one business and one science subject because this gave me more flexibility in my choice of courses. I would recommend this strategy - particularly for those who aren't sure what they wish to study in college.

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