Home Economics

Home Economics has an important contribution to make to the whole school curriculum and at Key Stage 3 it contributes to Learning for Life and Work.

The GCSE Food and Nutrition specification encourages students to adopt a critical and analytical approach to decision making and problem solving in relation to the areas of diet and health and consumer awareness. 

The specification for GCSE Child Development is divided into three units which are: parenthood, pregnancy and the new born baby, the development of the child and an investigation task. 

The opportunity to study AS and A Level Nutrition and Food Science and/or Health and Social Care allows a platform for further study in Higher Education.  It also provides a basis for those seeking employment in a wide range of careers such as industry, commerce, education, childcare and the health and social services.


  • Mrs J Bradley (Head of Department)
  • Mrs K McClurg
  • Mrs C McMullan
  • Miss T Mullan
  • Mrs R Kennedy (Technician)


All pupils in years 8, 9 and 10 study Home Economics as a compulsory subject. Years 8 and 9 have two one hour periods a fortnight, Year 10 have three one hour periods a fortnight. GCSE pupils have six one hour periods a fortnight and A Level pupils have ten one hour periods a fortnight.

Key Stage 3 Home Economics

Year 8>
  • Safety and Hygiene
  • Equipment
  • Weighing and Measuring
  • Diet and Health
  • Labelling and Food Storage
  • Shopping
  • The Family
Year 9>
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods
  • Milk and dairy foods
  • Meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
  • Fat and sugar
Year 9>
  • Pregnancy, baby and toddler
  • Young children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Older people

We offer both GCSE Food and Nutrition and GCSE Child Development as optional subjects in Year 11 and 12.  CCEA GCSE specifications are followed for both Food and Nutrition and Child Development.

At A Level, we offer both GCE AS and A Level Nutrition and Food Science and Health and Social Care.  CCEA GCE specifications are in operation for both subjects.

Teaching within the department is organised to incorporate ‘active learning’ wherever feasible, with the aim of pupils gaining personal satisfaction and enjoyment.  Home Economics, Child Development and Health and Social Care all encourage the development of a range of skills which have a practical application in the future lives of pupils.

GCSE Food and Nutrition

Component Content Weighting Assessment

Component 1:

Food and Nutrition
  • Food provenance
  • Food processing and production
  • Food and nutrition for good health
  • Energy and nutrients
  • Macronutrients
  • Micronutrients
  • Fibre
  • Water
  • Nutritional and dietary needs
  • Priority health issues
  • Being an effective consumer when shopping for food
  • Factors affecting food choice
  • Food safety
  • Resource management
  • Food preparation, cooking and presentation skills

2 hour written examination


CCEA sets and marks the paper

Component 2:

Practical Food and Nutrition
  • Complete one written task
  • Part A: Research and viewpoints
  • Part B: Justification of choice
  • Part C: Planning
  • Part D: Practical Activity
  • Part E: Evaluation
  • Your teacher marks the task and CCEA moderates the results

Controlled assessment


Title issued on 1st Sept each year

Year 11 pupils attend the annual ‘Feed Your Mind’ event at Loughry College, Cookstown. This provides students with an interesting and informative look at the use of science and technology in the food industry.


Facilities and Resources

The facilities and resources within the department are excellent.  We have two main practical classrooms and two computer resource rooms.


Educational Trips, Events and Careers

Every year, a range of educational trips/events are arranged.  Examples include visits to Loughry College, Little Rays Day Nursery and McKee’s (Maghera).  Visiting speakers from Environmental Health, Health and Social Services, First Trust Bank, Livestock and Meat Commission and the farming industry enhance teaching and learning in the classroom and promote career opportunities. 

Department Achievements

2015:  Lauren Kelso NEELB Key Stage 4 Winner of Dairy Council Young Cook of the Year

2015: Victoria Winter 3rd in CCEA GCSE Child Development

2013: Shania Davis NEELB Key Stage 3 Winner of Dairy Council Young Cook of the Year

2013: Emma McGrath joint 1st in CCEA GCSE Child Development


Community Links

  • Livestock and Meat Commission
  • Little Rays (Day Care Nursery)
  • Environmental Health Officer (Mid and East Antrim Council)
  • Loughry College, Cookstown
  • McKees ( Maghera)
  • Local Farm Shops
  • Bank Representative from First Trust
  • Women’s Aid
  • Various professionals from the Northern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Local Food Bank


Career Opportunities through Home Economics

  • Food Scientist
  • Chef/Cook
  • Environmental Health Officer 
  • Dietician
  • Home Economics Teacher 
  • Nutritionist
  • Consumer Advisor 
  • Nurse
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Financial Advisor
  • Retail Management
  • Consumer Law
  • Health Inspector
  • Food Product Development
  • Foodservice Management
  • Food/Drink Manufacturer
  • Hotel manager 
  • Restaurant owner
  • Microbiologist   
  • Hospitality manager
  • Sports Nutrition   
  • Physiotherapist


Home Economics Planning for Assessment

Planning for Assessment 2015-16

Child Development Planning for Assessment

Planning for Assessment 2015-16