Leaving Cert Business 2016 - What did last year’s exam teach us

June 8, 2017

So, based on the leaving cert Business 2016 exam paper, what should we expect in 2017?

Last year’s paper was described as being fair and topical; it included questions on the Volkswagen emissions scandal, corporate social responsibility and the minimum wage.

In fact, it was the first time topics related to the EU were not examined, but students were happy to see a very manageable question on the benefits of indigenous firms and international trade.

Moreover, due to the exam paper’s topical nature, students who were up-to-date with current affairs through watching the news or reading papers had the edge on their peers. Also, the questions posed by the paper were considered very well-structured.

This suggests that Leaving Cert Business in 2017 is likely to be a topical paper also. No doubt, Brexit and its effects on both Ireland and the EU will feature somewhere. You should be informed as to what’s happened in the last 12 months or so. If you’re not, get reeling in the year!

In terms of the wording and intention of specific questions, students were thrice asked to ‘evaluate’ an issue. This requires you to think critically and to develop your ideas.

What does this mean for you?

First, you’ll need to be able to apply your knowledge to practical situations because you’ll be tested (assuming this year’s paper follows the trend set in last year’s exam) on your knowledge of planning, recruitment, quality standards and prototype development.

Similarly, you should expect (not to mention embrace) real world examples. Last year’swere drawn from supermarkets, hotels, a clothing alterations company and a medical device manufacturer, making the material more relatable.

Overall, the paper was described as generous because it offered students plenty of options and gave them a chance to show their knowledge.

However, with great options comes great responsibility: choose wisely, based on the marks available for each question, what you know vs. what you can do, and your intended timing of the paper’s completion.

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Explain the term ‘invisible exports’ and provide one example with reference to the Irish economy.

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