Development will commence shortly on a new specification for Leaving Certificate Business.

NCCA advises the Minister for Education on curriculum and assessment for early childhood education, for primary and post-primary schools. As part of the broader reform of senior cycle, it is envisaged that a revised specification for Leaving Certificate Business will be introduced in network schools from September 2024. The Development Group for Leaving Certificate Business will have a key role in this work. The Group will include nominees of the education partners, the Department of Education and other key education agencies. 

The first phase of developing the specification involves convening of a development group and a consultation on the background paper. You can find out more about this below.


As part of the broader redevelopment of senior cycle it is envisaged that a revised specification for Leaving Certificate Business will be introduced in network schools from September 2024. 

The public consultation on the development of Leaving Certificate Business is now open. The first phase of the public consultation is on the Background Paper and brief for the Review  of Leaving Certificate Business which is avialable to download here:

Background Paper and Brief for the Review of Leaving Certificate Business

NCCA is seeking the views of a range of interested parties on the background paper, including practising teachers and students. Your views will contribute to the development of the new subject specification for Leaving Certificate Business

Having read the background paper, NCCA would like you to have your say. There are several ways to participate in the consultation:  

- Via the online survey  

- Make a written submission via

NCCA welcomes submissions from all interested parties. The consultation will close on October 28th 2022 at 5pm.

You can also:

- Register here to attend one of the regional focus groups. These focus groups will take place during the day. Places are limited and registration remains open until one week in advance of each focus group. Registration for Dublin is now closed. 

- Register your school’s interest in taking part in a student voice consultation Registration is open until 19th September and schools will be chosen at random to participate from the list of applicants.

All of the feedback will be analysed and a report on the consultation will be published. The feedback gained from consultation will be shared with the development group for Leaving Certificate Business to help inform their development of the specification.  

Further information on the development of senior cycle specifications is available here