Home Economics


Home Economics in The High School, Ballynahinch is designed to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and competences which will help pupils to improve their quality of life. This is achieved by educating pupils about the importance of home and family in the development of individuals and society. In the H.E. Department we strive to provide a learning environment in which pupils are encouraged to think critically, make reasoned choices and manage change in matters related to home and family.

Aims of the Home Economics Department:

Education at Key Stages 3 and 4 should foster the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, moral, cultural and spiritual development of pupils by:

  • Encouraging a growing independence;
  • Guiding pupils to express their own individual needs, identifying targets which meet these needs, and assisting them to make informed choices and decisions;
  • Promoting the development of personal and inter-personal skills, so enabling them to participate as contributing members of groups;
  • Enhancing self-esteem and encouraging the growth of pupils’ own sets of values;
  • Continuing to develop study skills by providing opportunities for exploration, investigation, problem solving and decision making;
  • Enhancing the creativity of the pupils by stimulating curiosity and imagination;
  • Developing increased versatility and confidence in communication across a range of media and for a variety of purposes;
  • Providing rich and varied contexts for the development of thinking and reasoning skill associated with observing, recording, interpreting, inferring and predicting.

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Programme of Study

vegKey Concepts in Home Economics at Key Stage 3:

  • Healthy Eating: develop practical skills required for the choice, preparation, cooking and serving of food and an understanding of the ways to achieve a healthy diet.
  • Family Life: understand the importance of the family as a caring unit.
  • Independent Living: becoming discerning consumers and effective managers of resources.

Below are a list of some of the activities and topics covered in Yr8

  • Myself in HE
  • Family Structures
  • Equipment
  • Fruit Smoothie
  • Baked Apples
  • Leek & Potato Soup
  • Truffles
  • Wheaten Bread
  • Coleslaw
  • Healthy Choice Cereal Bar
  • Pasta Salad

Below are some of the activities and topics covered in Yr9

  • Advertising
  • Dietary Goals, Fat
  • Vegetables
  • Breakfasts – Continental Breakfast – linked with French
  • Christmas Cookery – Mince Pies
  • Cheese Pizza
  • Soda Bread
  • Jam pudding
  • Fairy Cakes

Below are some of the activities and topics covered in Yr10

  • The Family
  • Cinnamon Scones
  • Traditional Foods and Festivals – Apple Tart
  • Food from around the world – Chicken Curry
  • Menu Card – ICT Accreditation
  • Food Legislation
  • Convenience Foods
  • Cake making
  • Budgeting
  • Pasta

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GCSE Home Economics

At Key Stage 4 we have 3 areas of study for pupils to choose from. They are

1. GCSE Home Economics Food and Nutrition;
2. GCSE Home Economics Child Development;
3. GCSE Health and Social Care.


Examining Board: OCR

This course is a preparation for living in a contemporary, changing and multi-cultural society. It places an emphasis on the management of resources and informed decision making to meet human needs by the development of relevant, appropriate and transferable skills in the context of home and family.

The content of the course includes:

* Nutrition and helath;
* Food choice;
* Food preperation and processing;
* Deterioaration, safety and preservation of food;
* Marketing, advertising and consumer education

Coursework – Accounts for 60% of the total mark. Candidates complete 4 pieces of coursework for the internal assessment component.

* Three short tasks - approximately 7 hours per task for completion

* One individual task - approximately 22 hours for completion

There is a practical food preperation component in the coursework.

The Exam – An un-tiered written paper achieving A*- G grades

This GCSE qualification enables candidates to progress either directly to employment or proceed to further qualifications.

Use of Home Economics in Careers

Home Economist, Nurse, Health Visitor, Dietician, Dental Hygienist, Chef, Cook, Care Assistant, Butcher, Baker, Restaurant Manager and Catering Careers.


Examining Board: OCR

Why study Home Economics – Child Development?

Do you enjoy working with children?
Would you like a practical challenge?
Are you interested in finding out about child development issues?
Have you or will you be able to have access to study a child under 5 years?

If you have answered YES to these questions then choose to study GCSE Child Development.

You will study topics on:

Parenthood and pregnancy
Physical Development
Nutrition and Helath
Intellectual, social and emotional development
The family and the community

You will learn to:

Observe and interact with young children
Carry out individual, orgional research
Explore and investigate the needs of young children


Accounts for 60% of the total mark. Candidates will complete 4 pieces of coursework for the internal component assessment.

* Three short tasks - approximately 7 hours per task for completion

* One individual task - approximately 22 hours for completion

The exam – 40%

An un-tiered written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes for completion.

Use of Child Development in Careers

Opportunities in Nursery Nursing, Nursing, Teaching and the Caring Professions.

3. HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (Single Award)

Examining Board: CCEA

The GCSE Health and Social Care Single Award provides students with a broad, satisfying and worthwhile course of study which allows them to gain insight into related Health and Social Care disciplines. It prepares them to make informed decisions about future learning opportunities and career choices.


Students complete 2 Units

Unit SA1 Working in Health and Social Care

This unit aims to increase the students understanding of the world of work in health, social care and early years and children’s services and how the needs of different client groups are met.

Unit SA2 Personal Development

Students study human growth and development throughout the life stages. Factors affecting human growth and development including relationships and the effects of life changes.


Unit SA1 Internal Assessment

Format 25 hours

Three pieces of coursework (presentation, report and information pack) 60%

Unit SA2 External Assessment

Format 1 hour 30 minutes Exam 40%

Use of Health & Social Care in Careers

Students may progress to study GCSE, A Level or other vocationally related qualification such as BTEC First or National. There are many opportunities for employment in the Caring Professions.

  • Dietician
  • Nutritionist
  • New Product Development Officer
  • Marketer
  • Hospitality or Retail Manager
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Counsellor
  • Social Worker
  • Nurse

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