Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
Subject Group: Business
These subjects teach the skills and knowledge needed to understand how business works.
The new Business studies curriculum aims to stimulate your interest in the business environment and how you interact with it.
It develops skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that allow you to make informed and responsible decisions with all of the resources available to you, ensuring your own, and society’s well-being, while becoming more self-aware as a learner.
The syllabus has three strands:
Personal finance - In this strand, you will learn about managing your finances, responsible consumer behaviour and the value of using resources ethically and efficiently for the benefit of individuals and society.
Enterprise - In this strand, you will learn about being enterprising, the functions of an organisation and the business environment.
Our Economy - In this strand, you will learn about the demand and supply of goods and services, the role of the government in managing the economy, and about economic issues such as trade, employment and Ireland’s membership of the European Union (EU).
How will Business Studies be useful to me?
Business studies encourages you to develop an appreciation of how people's lives are shaped by economic and social factors. You are enabled to make informed decisions, to better manage your personal financial resources and to be adaptable, creative and enterprising.
Business studies also improves knowledge and understanding of good business practice and of business as a productive activity.
Three subjects follow on from Junior Cycle Business Studies at Senior Cycle: Accounting, Business, and Economics.
Each one becomes more specific and allows you to concentrate more on the subject area you choose. If you wish to study any of these subjects for the Leaving Certificate, it would be advantageous for you to have studied Junior Cycle Business Studies.
Note: The Junior Cycle is changing, and new/revised JCSA curricula are being introduced on a phased basis from September 2014. English is first new programme to be introduced, followed by Science, Irish and Business Studies in 2015.
The New Junior Cycle Business Studies specification is available here.