Home Economics


Departmental Staff


Head of Department: Mrs M Tate

Mrs B Fegan
Miss G O’Neill
Mrs L McConville
Technician: Mrs C McDonnell


Key Stage 3 (Year 8,9 &10)

Three Key Concepts:

1. Healthy Eating – Exploring Healthy Eating provides opportunities to develop understanding required in the choice, planning, storage, preparation, cooking and serving of food.

2. Home and Family Life – provides opportunities to understand the importance of the family as a caring unit.

3. Independent Living – Provides opportunities to understand the importance of becoming discerning consumers and effective managers of resources.


Benefits to Learners


  • To develop practical skills in the safe and hygienic, healthy and creative use of foods to plan, prepare and cook and serve a range of meals.
  • To develop practical skills in the safe use of a range of utensils and appliances in the preparation, cooking and serving of a variety of dishes.
  • Investigate the impact of storage, preparation and cooking on food.
  • Explore ways to achieve a healthy diet.
  • Explore strategies to manage family scenarios.
  • Investigate changing needs of family members.
  • Explore roles and responsibilities of family members.
  • Investigate a range of factors that influence consumer choices and decisions.
  • Investigate consumer rights, responsibilities and support available

Practical Dishes include: Breakfast, Pizza, Risotto, Spaghetti Bolognaise, Fruit Crumble, Lasagne, Chicken Curry, Mexican Burritos, Shepherds Pie, Soup, Fruit Scones, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Queen cakes, Bread, Halloween, Christmas and Easter Celebratory Cookery.



GCSE (Years 11 & 12)



Course content is divided into three sections:


Unit 1: Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness

40% weighting available Summer only

1 hour 30mins, includes short-answer, structured extended writing questions


Unit 2: Diet and Health, controlled assessment. 25hours

40% weighting available January and Summer


Unit 3: Consumer Awareness, controlled assessment, 20hrs

20% weighting, available January and Summer

  • This course allows students to progress from KS3 through to A Level Home Economics and other related courses.

Practical activities involve developing skills gained at KS3.


Starters: soups, stuffed vegetables

Main dishes: Quiche Lorraine, Curry, Meat/fish/chicken dishes.

Vegetable dishes: Vegetables au gratin, Stir Fry, Lasagne, Wedges

Desserts: Fruit flan, French Apple Tart, Cheese cake



Benefits to learners

Helps develop:

  • Knowledge, understanding and skills required for Home Economics.
  • Knowledge and understanding of human needs within a multicultural society and of relevant technological and scientific developments.
  • A critical and analytical approach to decision making and problem solving in relation to subject content.
  • The ability to examine issues that affect the quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity.
  • The ability to evaluate choices and decisions, to develop as informed and discerning consumers.



Child Development Revised



Unit 1: Parenthood, pregnancy and childbirth

1 hour, includes short-answered, structured and extended writing questions.

20% weighting, Summer only


Unit 2: Child Development (0 – 5years)

1 hour, includes short-answered, structured and extended writing questions.

20% weighting, Summer only.


Unit 3: Controlled assessment investigation task :  25hours

40% weighting, January and Summer.


Unit 4: Controlled assessment short task : 15 hours

20% weighting, January and Summer.


This course aims to encourage an understanding of pregnancy, the responsibilities of being a parent and the overall needs of young children and emphasises the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

It gives students opportunities to apply their knowledge and understanding through a variety of contexts.

Students have an opportunity to carry out practical activities such as preparing and cooking meals for expecting mother, children and families, sterilize and make-up bottles, change nappies, bath and clothe baby.

Students also develop ICT skills and use the “Virtual Real Baby”.


What Can I Do with a Qualification in Home Economics?



Related Careers


  • Environmental health officer
  • Home Economist
  • Catering
  • Hotel management
  • Retail management
  • Hospitality
  • Food management
  • Consumer adviser
  • Education/teaching
  • Nutritionist
  • Dietician
  • Market researcher
  • Nurse
  • Trading standards officer
  • Health promotion officer

Related Courses


  • Environmental health
  • Consumer studies
  • Marketing
  • Food production
  • Food technology
  • Food science
  • Food management & supply
  • Hotel and catering
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Health promotion
  • Nutrition
  • Dietetics
  • Social work
  • Hospitality
  • Nursing