Sunday 21 January 2018

Leaving Cert: Business students tested on 'all aspects' of course

"Terrific" Applied Business Question on exam, said Mr Hannigan
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Students would need to have been familiar with all aspects of the Leaving Certificate Business Higher Level course for today’s exam, according to Keith Hannigan of the Institute of Education, Dublin.

However, Mr Hannigan had no complaints about the paper.

He said the short questions were fair, topical and accessible, covering issues such as the benefit of low interest rates and local businesses helping local communities, although some of the long questions were more challenging.

He thought students would have been very pleased with the “terrific” Applied Business Question, about an Irish immigrant who returns to Ireland and sets up a surf shop.

“It was very straightforward and focused on entrepreneur skills and the management activity of controlling,  The “b” part  had a “new but nice slant looking for the elements of a valid contract and students would have had to carefully consider their response”, he said.

Mr Hannigan said Section 3, Part 1, Q1, on trade disputes,  was “nice and timely” while Q3, with a heavy focus on decision making and common policies of the European Union. was also topical

Similarly in Part 2, Q4 , on modern communication, was “nice”, while the expected ratio question appeared in Q5 and the usual marketing question appeared in Q7, he said.

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

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