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Business Studies

Business Studies is that part of the curriculum which enables the student to make informed decisions in the everyday business of living. Business Studies contributes to the student's understanding of the world of business, encourages a positive attitude to enterprise and develops appropriate skills in that field. The syllabus is divided into the following main topics:
  1. The Business of Living (Budgeting, Consumer Education, and Finance).
  2. Economic and Business Background (Economics, The Business Unit, Services to Business, and Work).
  3. Enterprise (Marketing transport, Double Entry Book-Keeping).
  4. Information Technology (Using Computers).

For link to Business Studies fact sheet go to the following link:
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Web Address

3rd yr Business

Business Games



Business Sites



1st yr

Foreign Currency convertor


Junior / Senior

Up to date Business News


Junior/ Senior

Dictionary of Business Terms






Theory chapters++++++


1st yr

The Consumer



Introduction to Business





Market research



Producting a radio advertisement






Educational - General

Educational - Games



Business is a Business Studies option within the established Leaving Certificate programme. It is concerned with the understanding of the environment in which business operates in Ireland and in the wider world. It involves equipping the students with a positive view of enterprise and its applications in the business environment in both public and private sectors.

The syllabus is broken down into the following sections :

  1. People and Conflict in Business (Introduction to People in Business).
  2. Business Enterprise and Management (Enterprise, Management Skills and Activities, Managing and Monitoring, and Business in Action).
  3. The Business Environment (Domestic Environment, and International Environment).

For ncca factsheet on Business click on the following link

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Competition authority site


5th yr Business

Article on Mars Confectionary 2007


5th yr Business

Business topics


5th Yr Business

Type in Business Studies for Category-Stakeholders


5th Yr Business

The Times

Business Casestudies & Quizes


Junior / Senior

Up to date Business News


Junior/ Senior

Dictionary of Business Terms



Market research



Budgeting your money



Business chapters



Wall Street Journal



European Union



The Economist



BBC World Service



Government Agencies



Associations & Groups

Educational - General

Educational - Games


Art and Design has always been a popular subject. The quality of the artwork produced over the years reflects the creative talent of many of our students.

First Year Art

Students learn the basic skills necessary to understanding the foundations of Art. These include drawing, painting, 3D construction and indeed the management of materials and safety practices in the art room. Students are required to keep a sketchbook and practise their drawing regularly. Students do not sit organised examinations but are assessed regularly on the basis of their work.

Second Year Art

In Second year students develop their skills. They become aware of the Junior-Cert project requirements and prepare for this by developing a systematic practice regarding the preparation, execution and presentation of their work. Many students develop their "style" in second year and also begin to gather information on Artists and Designers who have been influential in the Art-world.

Junior Certificate Art

This is a busy yet rewarding year for Art students. The Junior Certificate project requires the student to complete four sections at Higher level and Three sections at Ordinary Level. These sections are based on painting, graphic design, 3D studies and an option (usually a craft-based study). Each section must be reinforced with preparation sheets and support studies. The wide-ranging aspects of the Junior Certificate projects aim to broaden the student's concept of Art as a subject.

Suggested further reading: Drawing on the Right side of the Brain by Betty Frieden

Art and Design at Senior Level:

There are three main focuses at senior level. Firstly, students continue to expand their 2D studies through design orientated projects and imaginative compositions. Secondly, students are required to focus on drawing, especially that of the figure. Thirdly, students begin to study and explore the History of Art in some depth. The latter is an interesting and challenging subject, which introduces students to many new terms and concepts. The written History examination accounts for approximately 39% of the overall mark and therefore forms a vital part of Art at senior level. The student explores Art in Ireland, European Art and Art Appreciation. Fifth and Sixth Year students visit art galleries as part of their studies in school time and as part of their personal studies.

Suggested further reading: The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich.


Biology is one of the core elements of Science. Biology literally means 'the study of life'. It is the study of organisms, from the smallest viruses through to human beings.

The main topics include:
Animal Physiology: Study of animals and understanding of major body functions. This includes developing a fundamental understanding of how bodies as a whole, as well as tissues and cells, work. These discoveries can lead to information about human health and medical needs.
Biochemistry: Study of the relationship of chemistry and biology. This field includes enzymes, DNA, RNA, molecular biology and gene cloning.
Cell Biology: Study of cell structure, function, and metabolism. Includes the study of cell organelles and cell division.
Microbiology: Study of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. Includes the study of microorganism nature, growth, role in disease, and use in bioengineering.
Plant Biology: Study of plants, botany and biotechnology. Includes identification, classification, life cycles, photosynthesis and tissue types.

Textbook: Leaving Certificate Biology (Revised Edition) by Michael O'Callaghan.

The following books are available from our library:

  • The Irish Wildlife Book.
  • School Projects in Coastal Ecology.
  • Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin.
  • The Private Life of Plants by David Attenborough.
  • Life Study - A Textbook of Biology by D.G. Mackean.
  • Life on Earth by David Attenborough.

Useful Websites
An Online Biology Book

Anatomy Online

The Kidney

A Glossary of Genetic Terms

BBC Online Educational Services

Scoilnet - Related Links for Biology (Senior Cycle) and curriculum information

Information fact sheets on wildlife and information on the radio programme

Details of human genome research

Video microscopy of living cells, bacteria and 3D biology animation

Nutrition information and experiments

An illustrated guide to the body's major systems


Click the "Know It All" link to download a biology resource collection of powerpoints collected by The Biology Second Level Support Service.




                          Downloadable Material

 Factors affecting  Organisms

 Ecology Introduction  

 Fieldwork Portfolio 

 Ecology Fieldwork  Portfolio 


 Ecology Calculations

Seashore Posters

 Ecology Definitions




















Accounting is a Business Studies option within the established Leaving Certificate programme. Accounting is the art of recording, classifying and summarising in terms of money, transactions and events which are , in part at least, of a financial character, and interpreting the results.
The syllabus is divided into the following main topics:
  1. Conceptual Framework (Objectives and Fundamentals of Accounting).
  2. Accounting Records (Control Accounts, Final Accounts, and Suspense Accounts).
  3. Analysis of Financial Statements (Ratio Analysis).
  4. Management Accounting (Cost Classification and Budgetary Planning).
Relevant Links:

For ncca link to ACCOUNTING syllabus click on the following link

6th yr
Theory for accounting