• To contribute to a balanced and appropriate general education, leading to the personal and social development of students through a study of business and enterprise
  • To encourage initiative and self-reliance in each student
  • To develop a clear understanding of the role of enterprise, to encourage the development of appropriate enterprise learning skills, and to generate in students a positive and ethical attitude to enterprise in personal, business and public life
  • To develop a critical understanding of the overall environment in which business functions
  • To help prepare students for participation in a changing business environment for adult and working life and also as a basis for further education

Subject Objectives

  • To develop students’ literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and communication skills and to develop an attention to detail in the presentation of information.
  • To develop an understanding of the structures, institutions, processes and management of business.
  • To enable students to make informed business decisions.
  • To enable students to use established commercial principles and knowledge, to critically evaluate commercial information, and to offer solutions to given commercial problems.
  • To promote a positive awareness of cultural and social diversity in international business.
  • To enable students to understand and appreciate ethics in business.

The Leaving Cert Business Senior Cycle curriculum comprises of seven units:

  • Unit 1: People in Business
  • Unit 2: Enterprise
  • Unit 3: Management 1
  • Unit 4: Management 2
  • Unit 5: Business in Action
  • Unit 6: Domestic Environment
  • Unit 7: International Environment

 New and Revised sections of the Leaving Cert Business Syllabus

The new Business syllabus is designed to be more integrated with a vocational dimension and an emphasis on the importance of people skills in business. Leaving Certificate Business comprises three sections:

  • People in business
  • Enterprise
  • Business environment

Revised and new sections of the course:

  • People in business
  • Enterprise
  • Management activities
  • Business start-up / identifying business opportunities
  • Community development
  • Business and the economy
  • Social responsibilities of business
  • International trade / marketing