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"No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing."
- Julia Child

In the Home Economics department, we aim to equip young people with the skills and knowledge which will encourage good health and a positive attitude to food throughout their lives. Home Economics combines various aspects of sciences, nutrition, cooking, parenting skills and finance. Pupils learn about the inter- relationships between diet, health, family, home and choice and the management of resources.


Our Home Economics department develops skills that are recognised as being important for success in the world of work and are essential to being a responsible citizen and a confident individual. Staff need to ensure that they are at all times familiar with new aspects of the syllabus, methods of assessment and development of technology which may be beneficial to pupils learning.

Miss E McAleese

Mr G Pollock




Year 8


Term 1

  • Welcome to Home Economics

  • Family Life

  • Christmas Consumerism

Term 2

  • Weighing and Measuring/Equipment in HE

  • Dietary Goals

Term 3

  • 8 Tips for Eating Healthy

  • Breakfast


Year 9


Term 1

  • Welcome to Home Economics

  • Nutrients

  • Christmas Consumerism

Term 2

  • Fruit and Vegetables

  • Food Labels

Term 3

  • The Ethical Consumer

  • Family Life


Year 10


Term 1

  • Welcome to Home Economics

  • Dietary Disorders

  • Nutrients

Term 2

  • Food Safety

  • Consumerism

Term 3

  • The Ethical Consumer


The aims of the Home Economics Department are to:


  • Create a positive and safe learning environment for all pupils

  • Foster positive behaviour and attitudes among pupils through the system of pastoral care

  • Provide the opportunity for all pupils to realize their full potential in whichever course of study they undertake

  • Enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team

  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their learning

  • Ensure pupils meet their full potential in public examinations

  • Develop skills and knowledge required to enable pupils to make informed choices

  • Provide meaningful experience and opportunities for personal fulfilment in creative, sensory and practical skills.

  • Develop a healthy partnership between the College and the parents in the education of the pupils

  • Keep up to date with new developments and initiatives in this subject

  • Identify opportunities to develop education/community links within the curriculum

  • Reflect on and review policies and practice in order to implement change where this is desirable or is necessary




The specification aims to help students to gain knowledge and understanding of:


• the food we consume – where it comes from and how it is produced;

• the foods we should eat to maintain good health;

• the differing needs of various groups of people;

• prominent health issues in today’s society;

• how to shop effectively;

• why people choose certain foods; and

• affordability when it comes to food and food choice.


Students will also develop practical food preparation, cooking and presentation skills.


All the diet and health and consumer awareness is the old spec, so it is no longer taught- so the booklets on the website need taken off & I can give you the updated booklets. The structure of the Food and Nutrition course is as follows:


Component 1 (50%): Food and Nutrition theory

  • 2 hour examination completed in Year 12


Component 2 (50%): Practical in Year 12

  • Students get assessed on their ability to plan effectively, evaluate their work and their overall practical performance


  • Cookery competitions; Whizz Kids (term 1), Take Away My Way, Dairy Council (term 2)


  • Afterschool Cookery Clubs (terms 1 and 2)

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