Introduction to Business Studies

This subject, covers teaching and learning in Business Studies for the first, second and third years in post-primary school. Business Studies helps you to make wise decisions about saving and spending your money now and throughout your life. You will learn about the world of work which will introduce you to many possible careers such as: accountancy, finance, sales, marketing, and management.

Business Studies helps you to make more-informed decisions in the everyday business of living while giving you a better understanding of the world of work. It encourages you to think about how and why people start up a business and why you too might also consider starting a business. In addition to this, Business Studies gives you a good foundation for the three Leaving Certificate business subjects.

As part of the Junior Certificate Students you may start up a business to compete in the Student Enterprise Awards. Students may also take part in the cu@yourschool programme with Mullingar Credit Union. This programme provides an insight into personal finance and the role of the Credit Union. If students successful complete the cu@yourschool programme, they can apply to Mullingar Credit Union for funding to aid them go on a class trip or purchase new material or for any event the students may funding for



It is assessed by examination at the end of third year at Ordinary and Higher Level. You can take the exam at Higher or at Ordinary level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.

Ordinary level students are required to sit one written exam. They are required to answer twenty short answer questions and five long answer questions.

Higher level students are required to sit two written exams. Paper I examines students on household and personal questions, which consists of twenty short answer questions and four long questions. Paper II examines students from a business perspective and consists of four long questions.

Note: Business Studies at Junior Cycle will be changing from September 2015


Useful Tips

  1. When you start a new topic try to think of examples from your own life for example your savings. account, buying a new phone, or insurance for the car that brings you to school
  2. Do your homework the day you get it
  3. When studying for an exam ensure you know what topics you need to cover
  4. Use mind-maps/spider diagrams to summaries topics
  5. Practice exam questions


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