Home Economics - GCSE
Key features of GCSE Home Economics
- Allows students to progress from the Key Stage 3 content to A Level Home Economics and other related courses, where appropriate.
- Content is divided into three manageable units.
- Course is assessed through one written paper (40%) and two controlled assessment tasks (one with a 40% weighting and one with a 20% weighting).
Diet and Health
Students have opportunities to demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for providing healthy diets for family members throughout life. They learn to recognise that family members have different dietary needs and that food choice is affected by social, economic, environmental, cultural, physiological and psychological factors.
· Government advice on healthy eating
· Nutrients in food
· Food labelling
· Nutrition throughout the lifecycle
· Dietary disorders
· Special diets
· Current food issues
· Food safety
· Creativity and food
The Home Economics Department avails of cookery demonstrations from a variety of outside agencies, where possible e.g. the Livestock and Meat Commission, the Dairy Council and NI Seafood.
Students have opportunities to apply knowledge, understanding and skills as discerning and effective managers of resources. They learn to recognise how choices can be influences by personal, social, cultural, economic and environmental factors.
· Being an effective consumer
· Shopping influences
· Money matters
· Wise purchasing
Through studying GCSE Home Economics, pupils will have the opportunities to develop:
Ø the means to follow a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study;
Ø the knowledge, understanding and skills (including practical skills) required for Home economics;
Ø their knowledge and understanding of human needs within a multicultural society;
Ø their knowledge and understanding of relevant technological and scientific developments;
Ø a critical and analytical approach to decision-making and problem-solving in relation to the specified content;
Ø the ability to examine issues that affect the quality of human life, including an appreciation of diversity;
Ø the ability to evaluate choices and decisions, to develop as informed and discerning consumers; and
Ø the ability to actively engage in the processes of Home Economics to develop as effective and independent learners.
News Articles - Home Economics
23 March 2017Some year 10 Home Economics classes experienced a ‘Ready, Steady…COOK!’ style les...
01 March 2017Congratulations to the winners of the Year 9 Home Economics Healthy Hearts house competition: &bull...
24 February 2017AS Nutrition and Food Science students enjoyed finding out about the role of an Environmental Health...
24 November 2016Year 12 pupils have completed their GCSE Home Economics practical exams over the last fortnight. Wel...
12 October 2016In the last few weeks, four year 11 GCSE Home Economics classes have benefitted from cookery demonst...
17 November 2015Congratulations to Year 12 GCSE Home Economics students who have just completed their practical exam...
06 November 2015Patricia Gallagher from the Livestock and Meat Commission made four visits to the Home Economics Dep...
29 April 2015Following a very successful pilot project last year, the Home Economics department has extended the ...
17 April 2015Year 13 AS Home Economics pupils welcomed Liz Simpson, from Loughry College, to their class today.&n...
14 November 2014Congratulations to Year 12 GCSE Home Economics pupils who completed their practical examinations in...