Home Economics

Home Economics

Home Economics is an interesting, exciting subject which helps to prepare young people for many aspects of adult life. It is taught in a bright, spacious room.

In Year 11 you will enjoy a wide range of practical work producing tasty dishes. These can be taken home for family tea or, on occasions, eaten in class. The subject allows for lively class discussions covering a range of subjects of interest to teenagers today. All pupils studying Home Economics have the opportunity to achieve a Food Hygiene Certificate. This is of great benefit for those working part-time in restaurants, coffee shops etc. The subject is a good basis for entering University and Further Education Courses in areas like food technology, caring and catering. You are promised a wide range of hands-on experience.

The subject is designed to enable pupils to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions which may improve the quality of life for themselves and others. The course is suitable for young people (aged 14+). It provides a motivating qualification with a Northern Ireland dimension and is an excellent foundation for studying GCE A-Level and beyond.

 

(Co-ordinator - Mrs M Farag)

Course Outline

12 week course: 6 weeks theory, 6 weeks practical cookery.
 Theory  Practical 
 Introduction and kitchen rules  Fruit smoothie
 Safety and hygiene in the kitchen   Fruit salas 
 The "Eat Well" plate   Pancakes 
 Breakfast choices  Cooked breakfast (exam)
 Roles in the family  Apple Crumble
 Organisation and time management  Chicken Fajitas
 Family conflict issues  
   
 *£10 subscription payable at beginning of course to cover costs.

Assessment:

  • One practical assessment: 30%
  • Skills: 5
  • Safety and hygiene: 5
  • Taste: 5
  • Time management: 5
  • Healthy choice: 5
  • Presentation: 5

One Written exam: 30% - All question based on theory topics

Four homework assessments: 10% each

Pupils are guided in self and peer evaluation during every lesson in Home Economics.

Study/Homework Requirements:

One homework per week: 20 minutes long, 3 hours of study required in preparation for final exam.

Key Points to Success:

Willingness to learn new skills and an ability to follow instructions and to work as part of a team.

 

Aims

Home Economics is an interesting, exciting subject which helps to prepare young people for many aspects of adult life. It is taught in a bright, spacious room. In Year 11 you will enjoy a wide range of practical work producing tasty dishes. These can be taken home for family tea or, on occasions, eaten in class. The subject allows for lively class discussions covering a range of subjects of interest to teenagers today. All pupils studying Home Economics have the opportunity to achieve a Food Hygiene Certificate. This is of great benefit for those working part-time in restaurants, coffee shops etc. The subject is a good basis for entering University and Further Education Courses in areas like food technology, caring and catering. You are promised a wide range of hands-on experience.

The subject is designed to enable pupils to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions which may improve the quality of life for themselves and others. The course is suitable for young people (aged 14+). It provides a motivating qualification with a Northern Ireland dimension and is an excellent foundation for studying GCE A-Level and beyond.

This Course is Suitable:

All pupils study the subject at Key Stage 3 and have the opportunity to continue through to GCSE if enough pupils are available to make up a GCSE class. The only entry requirement is a keen interest in the subject and commitment to the course which contains a large element of controlled assessment.

What Will I Study?

The GCSE Home Economics course encourages knowledge and understanding of the nutritional needs of the family, nutritional advice and diet-related conditions such as cancers and coronary heart disease. The course seeks to encourage students to think critically, make informed choices, develop practical food skills and manage resources so they are enabled to lead effective lives as individuals and family members as well as members of the wider community.

Year 11 Topics:

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

Year 12 Topics:

Unit 2 continued: 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

How Will I Be Assessed?

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

Controlled Assessment (Weighting 60% total - Diet and Health - 40% Consumer Awareness - 20%)

Preparation for controlled assessment begins in Year 11 when planning the practical assessment is completed and ideas are tested. The practical exam and evaluation are completed in term 1 of Year 12. The Consumer Awareness section of controlled assessment is completed in term 2 of Year 12.

NB: Coursework is an essential part of the GCSE course. In order to sit this examination coursework must be completed by March of Year 12.

External Exam (Weighting 40% – one final written exam: Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness)

Taken at the end of term 3 in Year 12. Time allowed 1 hour 30 mins.

All pupils studying Home Economics at GCSE will have the opportunity to sit the exam for the Food Hygiene Certificate.


What Skills Will I Gain Studying This Subject?

The subject promotes the development of key skills: literacy, numeracy, ICT, creativity, decision making, analysing, budgeting, experimenting, self-evaluation, problem solving, presentation, observation, time management, culinary skills, intrapersonal skills, independent living, and resource management. It teaches pupils about nutrition and health, food choice and preparation, and the role of the consumer in modern eating patterns through practical and written work. Consumer issues and agencies which deal with these are also studied. Students learn to plan and cook nutritious, economical meals. They also enjoy developing a range of practical skills and making food that is the envy of fellow pupils and teachers alike.

Progression Routes After This Course:

  • A-Level Home Economics, BTEC in catering, cookery courses, chef training, apprenticeship, or employment in catering.
  • University degree in Nutrition or Food Science, Further Education College (CAFRE) courses in Food Science and Marketing, Food Technology, Food Supply Management.
  • It is an excellent preparation for various careers such as food science, food production, consumer studies, teaching, health education, dietician, retail and marketing, consumer advice, health care, the food industry, commerce, education, health and social services, community work, business and marketing, nutrition, health promotion, food technology, food retailing, catering, hospitality, nursing, all caring professions and life in general.

Where Can I Find Out More?