Home Economics / Food & Nutritional Science


Teaching Staff

Mrs W Strain (Head of HE) 
Mrs J Henderson

Mrs Claire Hanna. (HE Technican)


Welcome to the Home Economics Department.  You have entered a happy, caring and creative environment where pupils enjoy learning new skills and developing existing skills.  In the department we teach sound knowledge and understanding as well as good management skills for use in both the home and the working environment.

Teaching and Learning Aims

Pupils are taught skills to promote a healthier lifestyle for current use and for the future.  We regularly update our work in the department to reflect current dietary and lifestyle advice, technological change and consumer law.  Lessons are delivered through ‘hands on’ practical experiences, investigative work and by using ICT to stimulate and enhance lessons.  The department seeks to nurture pupils into confident and responsible citizens.  Every opportunity is given for pupils to have success with their learning and to encourage them to reach their full potential.  Support in the classroom is always available as well as through some extracurricular activities.

Key stage 3

Home Economics is part of the minimum requirements for every pupil at Key Stage 3 and has a significant role to play in helping pupils to prepare for life and work.  It provides pupils with opportunities to explore issues explicitly relevant to real life contexts which lead to the development of a wide range of transferable skills.  Of particular value is the contribution of the subject to the development of skills such as decision making and working with others.

Key Stage 3 Summary

Year 8

A Recipe for a Successful Year

Getting Ready to Cook

What is Home Economics

Personal and Kitchen Hygiene

Safety in the Home

Getting Equipped to Cook

Weighing and Measuring

Using the Cooker

Year 9

Food Fit 4 You

Dietary Goals

What’s on the plate- Eat well plate

What’s in Food

8 Tips for Eating Well

Family Life

Foods around the World

Year 10

Managing Your Money

The importance of Budgeting for individuals for individuals and families

Methods of paying for Goods and Service

Independent Living

Shopping Online

Ethical shopping


GCSE Home Economics


In Home Economics students are encouraged to think critically, make informed choices, develop practical food skills, and manage resources, enabling them to lead effective lives as individuals and family members. The topics studied will help students make informed decisions and develop the skills they need to be independent.

The GCSE specification is divided into three units as shown in table

Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness Examination

The examination offers a single tier of entry. The paper is divided into two sections, Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness. Each section has a selection of short-answer, structured and extended response questions.

Students will study;

  • What’s on a plate;
  • What’s in food;
  • What’s on a label;
  • Ages and Stages;
  • Dietary disorders and special diets;
  • The facts behind the issues;
  • Keeping food safe;
  • Creativity and food;
  • Being an effective consumer;
  • What influences shopping;
  • Money matters and wiser buyer.



The emphasis of the course is on Practical Skills with 60% of the Assessment being through 2 Controlled Assessment and the remaining through one written paper. 




Unit 1 Examination paper on Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness.

External Examination (1 hours 30 Hours)

Topics covered in Years 11 and 12 Summer Examination at the end of Year 12 40%

Unit 2

Diet and Health

Written Controlled Assessment and Practical Assessment


Year 11/12- 40%

Unit 3

Consumer Awareness


Written Controlled Assessment


Year 11/12- 20%


In addition to an overall B grade at GCSE in Home Economics, pupils should have achieved a Grade B in the HE examination paper.

CCEA Food and Nutrition A Level

Why study Food and Nutrition?

This new specification allows students to develop an understanding of the issues in relation to Diet and Health and Nutrition. The course would provide a good basis for those wishing to study nutrition and dietetics, radiotherapy, nursing, medicine, midwifery, teaching as well as Food Production and Environmental Health.

The course comprises 4 modules: 

Year 13

Unit AS 1: Principles of Nutrition

Unit AS 2: Diet and Health

Year 14

Unit A2 1: Research-based Assignment

Unit A2 2: Food and the Consumer or

      Consumer Information and Protection of Food Technology, Safety and Quality

 Students can take:

  • The AS course as a final qualification; or
  • The AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A Level qualification.


The full Advanced GCE award is based on students’ marks from the AS (40%)

and the A2 (60%). CCEA will make the first AS awards for the specification in 2017 and the first A Level awards in 2018.


AS Level - Content and Assessment (40% of A Level)

Unit AS Module 1: Principles of Nutrition (20%)

You will study macro and micro‐nutrients and other dietary

constituents: Protein, Fat, Carbohydrate, Vitamins and Minerals, Micro-minerals, Water and fluids. 

Nutritional requirements and current dietary recommendations across the life span are also studied.

Assessment for this unit consists of a written examination (1½ hours) that includes both short answer and extended writing questions.


AS Level Module 2: Diet and Health (20%)

This unit requires the study of Energy and Energy Balance, Obesity and overweight, Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, Alcohol and Physical Activity.

Students answer all short questions in Section A and three extended writing

questions from a choice of four in Section B.


A Level – Content and Assessment (60% of A Level)

Unit A2 Module 1: Research-based Assignment (30%)

A research area is chosen from any the other 3 units and a report produced of no more than 4,000 words.

Unit A2 Module 2: Food and the Consumer or Consumer Information and Protection or Food Technology, Safety and Quality (30%)

Extra Curricular/Extended Learning Opportunities

Home Economics is in a prime position to offer evidence for the key skills of Communication, numeracy and ICT.  The specification offers opportunities for educational visits and other practical activities.

The Dairy Council for Northern Ireland - Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils enter competitions run by the Dairy Council.

Chef Academy – Pupils have the opportunity to attend on a Saturday morning run by NRC.   Trading Standards - This service provides speakers on the A2 specification.  For example, the role of Trading Standards in N. Ireland, The role of the Environmental Health Officer   Outside Speakers - Outside Speakers are invited into school to reinforce classroom teaching for the GCSE course.  In Year 11 pupils are able to complete a Level 2 Food Hygiene course, which is endorsed by the Environmental Health Department.


Career Opportunities





Environmental Health Officer

Public Health Nutritionist

Food Management and Supply

Quality Management

Food Technology

Trading Standards Officer


DEPARTMENT achievements
Dairy Council: Young Cook of the Year 2013 For NEELB Katie McCombe                                    

Future chef competition – NI Winner 2013 Anna Meers

Healthy Eating poster competition with JH class who won the food mat and food items

Healthy eating rap and competition. Department won £100 and purchased healthy eating grills

Inspiring lesson competition – cooking with Paul Hollywood and £100 for the department.