Business Studies Junior Certificate

The Junior Certificate Business course is designed to:

  • prepare students for the real world.
  • help students make informed decisions in the everyday business of living,
  • help students develop enterprise skills for a rapidly changing commercial environment.

By choosing business at Junior Certificate, students have three subject options to choose from at Leaving Certificate: Accounting, Business and Economics.

Junior Certificate Course St Joseph of Cluny

At Junior Certificate, students have 4 periods per week using the book Eurobusiness and will work on the following:

Year 1

  • Income Expenditure
  • Budgeting
  • Consumer
  • Money + Banking
  • Borrowing
  • Insurance
  • Information Technology
  • Double Entry Bookkeeping

Year 2

  • Economics
  • National Budget
  • Foreign Trade & EU
  • Types of Business Org’s
  • Business Plan
  • Cash flow Forecasting
  • Finance + Banking
  • Business Insurance
  • Communications
  • Channels of Distributions
  • Final Accounts

Year 3

  • People at work
  • Industrial relations
  • Marketing
  • Delivery systems
  • Business Transactions
  • Cash Book
  • Double Entry Bookkeeping (H.L.)

Senior Cycle Business

Transition Year

All students take Business in Transition year. Each class does a module of Business. This gives the students a taster of senior cycle business. They do a lot of project work in this module to help them develop team work and analytical skills. The emphasis is also to teach students practical business skills that they will need in the real world. Typical topics covered are insurance, advertising, consumer law, industrial relations law.

Leaving Certificate Course

Business is an option for all students for fifth and sixth year regardless of whether they have taken Junior Certificate Business or not.

It is a practical course that introduces students to the world of business in a straight forward and logical way. It aims to create an awareness of the importance of business activity and do 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 worth 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. This is a good stepping stone into a wide variety of jobs.

Careers in Business

By studying Business you will learn about the world of work and gain a strong foundation for many possible careers such as: Accountancy, Finance, Financial Services, Sales, Marketing, Enterprise, Setting up your own business, Procurement and Management, Journalism, Politics, Administration, Accountancy, Trade Unions, Advertising & Public Relations, Marketing, Human Resources, Information Technology and many more.