Home Economics

Home Economics is a varied and exciting subject which helps to prepare young people for many aspects of adult life. It is taught in two bright, spacious rooms.

When we hear the term, ‘Home Economics’ most of us think about cooking and food. Home Economics is about much more than food, however. Home Economics combines aspects of science, nutrition, cooking, parenting skills and finance. Students learn about the inter-relationships between diet, health, family, home and choice and the management of resources.

Home Economics develops pupils as individuals by helping them explore their health in a practical context, enhancing their potential to live a healthy lifestyle and make responsible choices about their diet and food.

All pupils study the subject at Key Stage 3 and have the opportunity to continue through to GCSE and AS/A2 Levels.


Home Economics at Key Stage 3

Each week, pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10 will have Home Economics for 1 hour.

The Key Stage 3 content concentrates on the main areas of:

  • Healthy Eating

  • Home and Family Life

  • Independent Living

Year 8 units

  • Home Economics – ‘What’s it all about?’

  • Healthy You

  • Meal Planning

  • Breakfast

  • Coursework

  • Food Safety

  • Family Life

Year 9 Units

  • What’s on a Label?

  • Convenience foods/Packaging

  • Adolescent Diet

  • Fruit and Vegetables

  • Consumer ICT shopping assignment

  • Starchy Foods/NSP

  • What is a Consumer?

Year 10 units

  • The Law & the Consumer

  • Macro-nutrients

  • Planning for Parenting

  • Vitamins & Minerals

  • Meal Planning for Individuals

  • Coursework

  • Diet Related Disorders – CHD & Obesity

  • Food Safety

Home Economics at Key Stage 4 / GCSE

Home Economics is a very popular subject in Hunterhouse at GCSE level. The areas that are studied are as follows:

Unit 1: Diet and Health, and Consumer Awareness

Unit 2: Diet and Health (Controlled Assessment)

Unit 3: Consumer Awareness (Controlled Assessment)

Unit 1: Diet and Health, and Consumer Awareness

  • What’s on the Plate?

  • What’s in Food?

  • What’s on the Label?

  • Ages and Stages

  • Dietary Disorders

  • Special Diets

  • The Facts Behind the Issues

  • Keeping Food Safe

  • Creativity and Food

  • Being an Effective Consumer

  • What Influences Shopping?

  • Money Matters

  • Wiser Buyer

Unit 2: Diet and Health (Controlled Assessment Tasks)

  • Planning activity

  • Practical activity

  • Evaluation activity

Unit 3: Consumer Awareness (Controlled Assessment)

  • Identification of issues

  • Research-based activity

  • Primary investigation

  • Conclusions and evaluation

The course is assessed through one written paper and a series of controlled assessment tasks.

Home Economics at AS/A2 Level

Through studying Home Economics at A Level, students are encouraged to develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • health and well-being;

  • how society impacts on health and well-being;

  • the management of human and non-human resources;

  • making informed decisions about nutrition and consumer issues; and

  • technological change.

The A level course is divided up into 4 units – two being completed for AS and two being completed for A2 level. They are as follows:

AS1 – Nutrition for Optimal Health

AS2 – Priority Health Issues

A21 – Consumer Issues

A22 – Research Based Assignment

Careers in Home Economics

Studying Home Economics could lead to a diverse range of careers including the following:

  • Nutrition and dietetics

  • Medical professions, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy

  • Environmental health

  • Teaching

  • Hospitality industry

  • Retail industry

  • Or a wide range of careers in the food industry

Trips and Visits

We have a wide range of trip and visitors to the HE department to enhance the learning and teaching of this varied and practical subject. They include:


Year 11 attend a ‘Feed your Mind’ workshop which gives them a practical flavour of careers in the food industry.


Year 13 and14 pupils attend Nutrition Awareness and Consumer Behaviour Training in Loughry College, Cookstown.



Year 14 are given a very informative session on the work of the Environmental Health Officer.

We regularly have the Livestock and Meat Commission into our Key Stage 3 classes for cookery demonstrations.
We have a representative from the debt counselling organisation CAP to lead some workshops on money management, credit and debt.


Some of our junior pupils have entered the Dairy Council’s Young Cook of the Year competition.