Teaching Staff

There are two teachers and one technician in the Department.
There are two Home Economics rooms and an IT suite which all have interactive white boards.


Room 18 used by Mrs Dunn

Home Economics Computer Suite

Room 19 used by Mrs McGrath

Home Economics is included within the area of Learning for Life and Work at Key Stage Three; where the inter-relationships between diet, health, family, home and resources are addressed in both practical and theoretical contexts. This involves pupils in the study of nutrition, food choice, diet and health within the context of home and family.

At both Key Stage 3 & 4, the course offered is designed to encourage pupils to think critically, make informed choices, develop practical food skills and manage resources so they are enabled to lead effective lives as individuals and family members as well as members of the wider community.


Key Stage 3

The KS3 Home economics programme of study contains three interrelated strands of experience.

1. Home and Family life

Exploring home and family life provides opportunities to understand the importance of the family as a caring unit.

Young people should have opportunities to:-;

2. Healthy Eating

Exploring healthy eating provides opportunities to develop understanding required in the choice, planning, and storage, preparation, cooking, and serving of food.

Young people should have opportunities to:-

3. Independent Living

Exploring independent living provide opportunities to understand the importance of becoming discerning consumers and effective managers of resources.

Young people should have opportunities to:-

By the end of Year 10 it is expected that all pupils will have a good knowledge of food and nutrition and how it relates to individuals.

Pupils then have the option to choose Home Economics as a subject option for GCSE.


This course builds upon the work students have been involved with in KS3.  Emphasis is placed on the diet and health.

Through studying this specification, students develop knowledge and understanding of:

This GCSE specification encourages students to adopt a critical and analytical approach to decision-making and problem-solving in relation to home economics. It also encourages them to develop as effective and independent learners.

Unit 1:

Diet & Health and Consumer Awareness
(External Assessment)
One Written Examination (1 hour 30 mins),
includes short-answer, structured extended writing questions.

  • What’s on the Plate?
  • What’s in Food?
  • What’s on the Label?
  • Ages and Stages
  • Dietary Disorders
  • Special Diets
  • The Facts Behind the Issues
  • Keeping Food Safe
  • Creativity and Food
  • Being an Effective Consumer
  • What Influences Shopping?
  • Money Matters
  • Wiser Buyer.

Unit 2:

Diet and Health (Controlled Assessment)
Plan, prepare and evaluate a three course meal with accompanying dishes.

  • Planning activity;
  • Practical activity; and
  • Evaluation activity.

Unit 3:

Consumer Awareness (Controlled Assessment)
Investigate and evaluate a current consumer issue.

  • Identification of issues;
  • Research-based activity;
  • Primary investigation; and
  • Conclusions and evaluation.


25 hours

20 hours



Career possibilities: