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Home Economics

Home Economics


Home Economics – Scientific and Social is an applied subject combining theory with practice in order to develop understanding and solve problems. It is concerned with the way individuals and families manage their resources to meet physical, emotional, intellectual, social and economic needs.


Home Economics focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills and attitudes that will enable students to take control of their own lives at present and in the future, whether that be in the home, in further education, in the world of work, or other life situations.


The wide range of learning experiences to which the students are exposed will allow them to be flexible and adaptable in the changing situations of modern life. It prepares students of both sexes for life in a consumer-oriented society and provides a learning foundation for those seeking employment in a wide range of careers, such as the food industry, tourism, clothing and design and the health and social services.


The course is divided into three core sections:

·       Food Studies                                                                 45%
·       Resource Management and Consumer Studies            25%  
·       Social Studies                                                               10% 


There are three electives from which one will be chosen:     20%

They are

  •          Elective 1 - Home Design and Management
  •          Elective 2 -Textiles Fashion and Design
  •          Elective 3 -Social Studies


•          A written exam accounts for 80% of the marks.

•          There is a practical assessment which accounts for the remaining 20%.  


This involves keeping a record of four assignments (two assignments carried out in practical Food Studies class (for 2021-2022). 

The practical assessments are written into a coursework journal and submitted to the Examinations Commission at the beginning of November in Year 6.

5th Year

Area of Study Term 1 Term 2 & 3
Food Studies
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Food Commodities          
  • Aesthetic Awareness of food
  • Food Studies Practical Coursework Journal
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Diet and Health
  • Food Commodities  
  • The Irish Diet and Food Industry
  • Food Studies Practical Coursework Journal


Management &

Consumer Studies

  • Consumer Studies
  • Household Technology
Social Studies
  • Social Studies and the Family
  • Marriage
  • Family as a Caring Unit

6th Year

Area of Study Term 1 Term 2 & 3
Food Studies
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Microbiology     
  • Food Spoilage and Food Preservation
  • Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Food Studies Practical Coursework Journal (any remaining task and final submission)
  • Meal Management, Planning & Recipe Modification
  • Food Preparation and Cooking Processes
  • Food Processing
  • Textile, Fashion and Design OR Social Studies 
Resource Management & Consumer Studies
  • Family Resource Management
  • Textiles
  • Household finances

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