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Business is concerned with the understanding of 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.


  • 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 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.


The syllabus will be assessed in relation to the syllabus objectives, initially through a written terminal examination.

A variety of questioning techniques will be used, and a flexible and varied approach will be taken to the style of questioning in the written examination.

This syllabus contains outcomes common to Ordinary and Higher levels and some that are designated higher level only (HL).


At Ordinary level, candidates will be required to:

  • Recall and demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the syllabus content.
  • In addition, higher level candidates will be required to:
  • demonstrate a greater depth of knowledge and understanding of the concepts and issues than Ordinary level candidates, as well as a greater proficiency in applications and analysis;
  • apply the business terms, concepts and theories to address problems and issues;
  • select, organise, interpret and use information supplied;
  • Evaluate evidence; make reasoned judgements and present conclusions accurately and appropriately.


Leaving Cert Syllabus

The leaving cert syllabus is divided into 3 main sections.

  • Section A: People in Business
  • Section B: Enterprise
  • Section C: Environment

Section A: People in Business

Within the 3 sections the syllabus is further broken into 7 units as follows:

(Unit 1) Introduction to people in business

People and their relationships in business

Conflicting interests and how they are resolved


Section B: Enterprise

(Unit 2) Enterprise

Introduction and definition of enterprise

Entrepreneurs and enterprise skills


(Unit 3) Managing 1

Introduction and definition of management

Managers and management skills

Management activities


(Unit 4) Managing 2

Household and business manager

Human resource management

Changing role of management

Monitoring the business


(Unit 5) Business in action

Identifying opportunities


Getting started


Section C: Environment


(Unit 6) Domestic environment

Categories of industry

Types of business organisation

Community development

Business and the economy

Government and business

Social responsibilities of business


(Unit 7) International environment

Introduction to the international trading environment European Union

International business


Business Department

  • Ms Brid Bowles
  • Ms Caoimhe O’Donnell

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