Thursday 14 December 2017

Leaving Cert 2012: New trend evident in Business Higher Level paper - teachers

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

THE trend towards requiring Leaving Certificate candidates to apply their knowledge rather than simply regurgitate what they could learn off was evident in today’s Business Higher Level paper, according to John McDonnell of the ASTI and Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Crossmolina, Co Mayo.

William Murphy of the Institute of Education said while some parts were challenging , that was to be expected at higher level. Generally he thought it a “good paper with lots of choice, no nasty surprises”, although he did note a change in the question on ratios.

Mr Murphy said the Section 1, short questions posed no particular problems, while students should have been prepared for all the questions in the Section 2 Applied Business Question (ABQ).

He noted that a question on marketing appeared for the fifth consecutive year and overall, “there was plenty of scope for students to find the relevant links from business theory to the business case study in the ABQ”.

Of the long questions, Mr Murphy said Question 1 (A) was very specific and challenging, concentrating on a relatively specific area of the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977 - 07.

In Question 5 (B) on ratios, he said the ratios asked were fine, but the Return on Investment ( ROI) question required a relatively difficult calculation.

“For the first time students were asked to compare the ratio with industry average. Students may not have expected this. Typically candidates are asked to do a comparison with previous years”.

Mr Murphy described the ordinary level paper was “absolutely fine, consistent with past papers, with plenty of choice”.

* Don’t miss tomorrow’s print edition of the Irish Independent for exclusive in-depth analysis of today’s Leaving Cert and Junior Cert papers

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