The new Business studies curriculum aims to stimulate your interest in the business environment and how you interact with it. It develops skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that allow you to make informed and responsible decisions with all of the resources available to you, ensuring your own, and society’s well-being, while becoming more self-aware as a learner.
The syllabus has three strands:
- Personal finance – In this strand, you will learn about managing your finances, responsible consumer behaviour and the value of using resources ethically and efficiently for the benefit of individuals and society.
- Enterprise – In this strand, you will learn about being enterprising, the functions of an organisation and the business environment.
- Our Economy – In this strand, you will learn about the demand and supply of goods and services, the role of the government in managing the economy, and about economic issues such as trade, employment and Ireland’s membership of the European Union (EU).
How will Business Studies be useful to me?
Business studies encourages you to develop an appreciation of how people’s lives are shaped by economic and social factors. You are enabled to make informed decisions, to better manage your personal financial resources and to be adaptable, creative and enterprising.
Business studies also improves knowledge and understanding of good business practice and of business as a productive activity.
Three subjects follow on from Junior Cycle Business Studies at Senior Cycle: 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 Cycle Business Studies.