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home economics

Teaching Staff

  • Mrs M Creighton, BA BSc PGCE (Subject Leader)
  • Miss A Grant, BSc PGCE
  • Mrs M Dillon, BSc MA PGCE
  • Mr R Cranston BA PGCE
  • Mrs C O'Kane (Technician)


Key Stage 3


When we hear the term, ‘Home Economics’ most of us think about cooking and food. Home Economics is about much more than food however. Home Economics combines aspects of science, nutrition, cooking, parenting skills and finance. Students learn about the inter-relationships between diet, health, family, home and choice and the management of resources.

  • All KS3 students receive 3 fifty minute periods of Home Economics during a fortnight. This includes a double period used for practical lessons,
  • All KS3 students complete two sets of internal examinations and three Core Assessments throughout the year.
  • Students are introduced to simple dishes in practical lessons in year 8, and then progress to make more complex dishes throughout year 9 and 10. Students learn how to use equipment and become confident when using many pieces of large and small equipment.


Year 8

Unit 1: Food Safety and Hygiene.

Students learn about what dangers exist in the Home Economics room, how to solve safety problems which you might come across in HE and personal hygiene in the safe preparation of food.

Unit 2: Me and my Diet.

Students are introduced to the eatwell plate and develop an understanding of the negative impact of foods high in sugar and fat, and the positive impact of making healthy dietary choices.

Unit 3: Family Fortunes

Students learn about roles and responsibilities within families and what types of families exist.


Year 9

Unit 1: Family Life

Students are introduced to year 9 by continuing on from the Family fortunes unit. The students learn about how roles and responsibilities can be reversed and the needs of individuals at each stage of the life cycle.

Unit 2: Being a Consumer

Students are taught about the factors that influence our choices when shopping, and their rights as a consumer.

Unit 3: Diet and health

Students learn about the functions and sources of the main nutrients.


Year 10

Unit 1: Eat the Seasons

Students learn about what different types of food we produce within Northern Ireland and what seasonal foods are.

Unit 2: You are what you eat

Students are taught about dietary related disorders and how they can be prevented and treated.

Unit 3: What's on the label?

Students gain knowledge on what information is found on food labels, the importance of food packaging and how traffic light labels are used.

Unit 4: How do we spend our money?

Students learn about different methods of payment, types of retail outlets and internet shopping.




All students have the option to continue with Home Economics to GCSE level. GCSE Health and Social Care or BTEC Hospitality are also offered at this stage by the H.E department. 


GCSE Home Economics (CCEA)

Students have opportunities to demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for providing healthy diets for family members throughout life. They will learn that family members have different dietary needs and that food choice is affected by social, economic, environmental, cultural, physiological and psychological factors.


Year 11

Unit 2 Diet and Health- Controlled Assessment Task. (40%)

Year 12

Unit 1 Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness- External exam (40%)

Unit 3 Consumer Awareness- Controlled Assessment Task. (20%)


GCSE Health and Social Care: Single Award (CCEA)

Health and Social Care is the study of health and well-being. Students learn about the key stages of physical and emotional development and begin to understand the profound influence relationships and life events can have on an individual’s health. Students also examine the factors that influence a person’s self-concept and how people react to change in their lives.


Year 11

Unit 1 Working in Health and Social Care- Controlled Assessment Task (60%)

Year 12

Unit 2 Personal Development- External Exam (40%)


Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality

Skills gaps identified in the emerging Sector Qualification Strategy (SQS) for Hospitality include customer service skills, culinary skills and employability or ‘soft’ skills. The BTEC Firsts in Hospitality seek to address these areas and have been structured to encourage the acquisition and development of these skills.

This qualification is all coursework based.  Students will complete three pieces of coursework over two years which is the equivalent of one GCSE grade A to C.


Year 11:

Unit 1 – Investigate the catering and hospitality industry,

Unit 2 – Products, services and support in the hospitality industry,

Year 12:

Unit 5 – Planning and running a hospitality event.


A Level


AS/A Level GCE in Health and Social Care: Single award (OCR)

This course provides a more vocational perspective and offers students the chance to obtain a qualification that meets both their individual aptitudes and interests. Prior study at GCSE in Health and Social Care is useful to students but not essential.


Year 13:

Unit 1 Promoting Quality Care (Exam)

Unit 2 Communication in care settings (Coursework)

Unit 3 Promoting good health (Coursework)

Year 14:

Unit 10 Care Practice and Provision (Coursework)

Unit 12 Anatomy and physiology in practice (Exam)

Unit 13 Child Development (Coursework)


Extra Curricular

  • Cookery club is offered to KS3 students.
  • For KS4 and 5 students the H.E department offers after school revision classes in the Summer term.
  • We run a series of House Competitions throughout the year, which are very popular and enjoyable events.
  • GCSE H.E students enjoy visiting Loughry College in the summer term, to learn about the range of food industry courses available. Other relevant school trips and guest speakers are part of the KS3-5 learning process.
  • Chef of the week is awarded to two KS3 students every practical lesson. Students receive a certificate and their photograph is displayed in the H.E corridor.
  • Survival cookery is offered to year 13 students as an enrichment course. This is to help equip them with the skills to eat well and be well when they leave home for the first time. The HE department provides students with a guide which contains lots of useful information on making healthy food choices, shopping and budgeting tips as well as good hygiene information. Packed full of healthy, easy to follow recipes, the guide also includes interesting food facts and tips on what to eat when studying. The funky design along with the clearly defined sections provides a student-friendly approach to increasing interest in food and nutrition.


Homework & Core Assessments


  • 3 Core Assessment Tasks are completed throughout the academic year by all KS3 students (one each term). These vary from practical activities to written tasks.
  • Homework tasks are set at the end of each theory (single period) lesson where feasible.
  • Each KS3 student is provided with a progress file in year 8. All Core Assessment Tasks, home works and exam papers are stored in these files which are handed back at the end of year 10. All marks are recorded on a sheet at the front of the file to track progress.


KS4 and 5

  • Homework tasks are set at the end of each theory lesson where feasible.
  • Tests are set once exam units are completed throughout the year and progress is monitored.
  • Independent research must be carried out for coursework/portfolio based units throughout the year.



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BTEC Hospitality

OCR A-level HSC


British Nutrition Foundation

Consumer Council NI

Health and Social care NI

Food a fact of life