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Home Economics

Why Study Home Economics

  • To promote concepts relating to diet and lifestyle, encouraging life long health.

  • To foster independence by encouraging the development of skills in the management of human and non-human resources.

  • To develop food preparation skills and to increase accessibility to healthy choices.

  • To develop pupils as confident consumers, ready to make informed decisions.

  • To form a sound base for the skills, knowledge and attitudes required for the world of work, further study, training and leisure.

  • To facilitate working alone or working with others in a stimulating and enjoyable environment.


Home Economics is available to all pupils throughout KS3. Pupils may choose to pursue Food and Nutrition at GCSE. or opt for Child Development. Either route could lead to further study at AS/A2 levels.

What We Study In Home Economics

Key Stage 3

The subject is divided into a series of Key Concepts:

  • Healthy Eating

  • Independent Living

  • Home and Family Life

A selection of the topics studied in each year at KS3:

Food Hygiene & Food Spoilage; Sports Nutrition; Healthy Eating; Food Labelling; Consumer Legislation;
Personal Budgeting; Family Roles and Responsibilities

A wide range of practical activities take place in Home Economics; here is just a selection:

Fruit Salad; Pizza; Vegetable Soup Carrot & Coriander Soup; Chicken Risotto;
Scones; Kebabs; Muffins; Apple Crumble; Chocolate Orange Cake; Spaghetti Bolognaise; Rock Buns; Healthy Burgers; Low fat Brownies


The department follows the CCEA specifications for Home Economics and Child Development.

GCSE Food and Nutrition

Subject content falls under the titles of:

  • Food and Nutrition

  • Practical Food and Nutrition

This allows progression from KS3, taking a deeper interest in diet and health, for example it involves the study of a range of diet related disorders.

Assessment is as follows
1 x examination 50%
1 x teacher assessed components (Controlled Assessment) 50%

GCSE Child Development

Subject content falls under the titles of:

Unit 1: Parenthood, Pregnancy and the Newborn Baby
Unit 2: The Development of the Child (0-5 Years)

Assessment is as follows:
Year 11: 1x examination 30%
Year 12: 1x examination 30% and 1x Controlled Assessment 40%

AS/A2 Level

CCEA specifications for Nutrition and Food Science are followed at this level. Progression continues to an in-depth study of nutrition and several other aspects of health.

AS 1: Principles of Nutrition 50% of AS; 20% of A Level
AS 2: Diet and Health 50% of AS; 20% of A Level

A2 1: Food Safety and Quality 30% of A Level
A2 2: Research Project - Internal assessment (4000 words), 30% of A Level


Mrs V Ross BA PGCE (Head of Department)
Miss S Elliott BA PGCE
Non Teaching:
Mrs H Reynolds
Miss N Doran BSc PGCE

No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.

- Julia Child

Career Options

A wide range of transferable skills can be developed within the subject including:


Management - Planning - Evaluation - Analysis - Manipulative Skills Creativity - ICT - Communication - Using Maths - Decision Making

Studying Home Economics could lead to a diverse range of careers including the following: • Nutrition and dietetics • Medical professions, nursing, midwifery • Microbiology & Environmental health • Teaching • Journalism • Consumer information • Product demonstration • Or a wide range of careers in the food industry.

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