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Tues 28 Feb
Government and Politics Trip

Tues 28 Feb
- Year 10 Parent/Teacher Meetings

Wed 1 & Thur 2 Mar
- Year 10 Careers Interviews

Tues 7 Mar (7.00 pm)
- Year 12 Parent Information Evening

Thur 16 Mar (4.15-6.15pm)
- Year 13 Parent/Teacher Meetings
 Home Economics



Head of Department:

Mrs M Lorimer, BEd


Teaching Staff:

Mrs L McCabe, MSc PGCE






At Key Stage 3, Home Economics is at the core of the revised curriculum and is a subject concerned with the development of knowledge, skills and capabilities within the context of

  • Healthy Eating

  • Home and Family life

  • Independent living

As a strand for Learning for Life and Work, Home Economics is compulsory for all pupils in Years 8 and 9. Year 10 pupils then have the opportunity to select the subject for further study. Through practical activities children learn to give and take, consider and respect others and develop values and a sense of responsibility.


At Key Stage 4, pupils are offered a GCSE in Home Economics or Child Development. Home Economics at AS and A2 level is offered to Sixth Form pupils.


GCSE Home Economics (CCEA):

Unit 1: Diet & Health & Consumer Awareness (40% Examination)

Unit 2: Diet & Health: Controlled Assessment (40%)

Unit 3: Consumer Awareness Controlled Assessment (20%)


GCSE Child Development (CCEA):

Unit 1: Parenthood, Pregnancy & Childbirth (20% Examination)

Unit 2: Child Development (0-5 years) (20% Examination)

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment Investigation Task (40%)

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment Short Task (20%)


AS/A2 Home Economics (CCEA):

Unit 1: Nutrition for Optimal Health (25%)

Unit 2: Priority Health Issues (25%)

Unit 3: Research Based Assignment (25%)

Unit 4: Consumer Issues (25%)


Facilities and Resources


Our department hosts two fully equipped Home Economics classrooms and a resource base for the teaching of the subject. Educational visits include:

  • Year 10 Tayto factory, Tandragee

  • Year 11 Good Food Show, Birmingham

  • Year 14 A2 Support Seminars, Loughry College, Cookstown

GCSE students get to experience a range of guest speakers including demonstrations from The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMCNI). Child Development students enjoy shared experiences with mothers and newborn babies.


Useful links


CCEA GCSE/AS/A2 Materials www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/home_economics/

Food Standards Agency www.food.gov.uk/

The Grain Chain www.grainchain.com/home.html

Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland www.lmcni.com/

The Consumer Council www.consumercouncil.org.uk/