Development of a new specification for Leaving Certificate Business has commenced.

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 schools from September 2025. 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.


The Draft Specification for Leaving Certificate Business has been approved for public consultation.

The consultation period runs from Friday 2nd February until Friday 5th April.

The consultation involves in-depth engagement with a wide variety of stakeholders across Ireland. NCCA have also contacted schools to participate in school-based focus groups involving teachers, students and school leaders.

The feedback from this consultation will help to inform the work of the Development Group for Leaving Certificate Business in refining the draft specification prior to final approval and publication.

The consultation is now closed.

Leaving Certificate Business is being redeveloped to support the realisation of the purpose and vision for a redeveloped senior cycle as set out the Senior Cycle Review: Advisory Report (NCCA, 2022). The guiding principles, as described in the Advisory Report, provide a touchstone for the Development Group as they undertake the task of preparing a curriculum specification for Leaving Certificate Business. 

The first step in the redevelopment of Leaving Certificate Business was the development of a Background paper and brief for the review of the subject. 

A public consultation on the Background paper and brief took place from 5th of September 2022 to 28th October 2022 and a report on the consultation was published in December 2022. 

The development group for Leaving Certificate Business was convened on 27th September 2022 and will progress the development of a new specification guided by the brief and the findings of the consultation on the Background paper.