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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.
This syllabus is assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels.
The topics to be covered include:
- People in Business – consumers, investors, employers, employees, and unions
- Enterprise – entrepreneur: characteristics and skills
- Managing – management skills, communication, finance, insurance, tax, and accounts
- Business in Action – marketing, ownership, finance, and business plans
- Domestic Environment – types of industry, business structures, government and economy
- International Environment – foreign trade, trading blocs, and European Union.
What is it like for a student to study Business at Senior Cycle?
Leaving Certificate Business students enjoy exposure to case studies and real-life examples in the business world which allows them develop their critical thinking and business acumen. These case studies form a core part of the Higher Level paper.
Group/pair work, debating, guided discussion and discovery, are among some of the active teaching and learning methodologies that we incorporate into classroom practice. Students are involved in oral presentation when discussing consumer problems, debating current economic issues and during role play activities. Podcasts also provide an insight into the world of business and give students exposure to real life topics, allowing for an enhanced discussion in the classroom.
On occasion, speakers from the business world and the local community provide hands-on experience and insight into the world of work and business.
Facilitating Special Education Needs
Pupils with special needs are catered for using a variety of teaching methodologies. During lessons there is a conscious effort made to cater for the visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning styles. Active teaching and learning is primarily used to differentiate in the classroom. Adopting this approach puts the focus on the learner and learning, it increases information retention and students are given opportunities to develop their communication and teamwork skills. Group work allows students with learning difficulties to benefit from peer learning. This approach can really motivate students and thus, contribute enormously to their learning.
Some areas of the course require numeracy skills so special attention is given to those with numeracy difficulties. There is constant communication between the Special Education Needs Co-Coordinator and teachers with regard to students receiving both resource and learning support. To meet the broad continuum of SEN, specific thought has also been given to the needs of Gifted and Talented students. To ensure they do not under achieve it is vital to identify and monitor their progression.
Testimonial from Past Student- David Brohan
Current Job Title – Equity Research Analyst – Goodbody Stockbrokers
Having enjoyed studying Business Studies for the Junior Cert, it seemed like a good fit to study Accounting, Business and Economics for the Leaving Cert. I enjoyed getting a more in depth understanding of each subject and found the style of teaching in OLSS to be very engaging. Each subject was quite different with Accountancy being quite technical, Business giving a great primer on the finance world and Economics providing me with the tools to understand how the financial world was evolving (all the more interesting given it was in the midst of the Global Financial Crisis). My experience studying Business at OLSS has been invaluable to me as I went through further education and in the jobs I have held since then.