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Home Economics

Teaching Staff:     
  • Mrs J Knox – Head of Department
  • Mrs H Dalzell
  • Mr D McClelland
  • Mrs N McFeeley
  • Technical Support:   Mrs J Hunter

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.'

Virginia Wolf

Home Economics has a clear link to the present and future life of every young person.


However, it’s not all about cooking!


Daily, we are bombarded with nutritional information and shocking statistics regarding the nations health and environmental issues - many of which may leave us feeling confused.

So, why do foods help reduce the likelihood of heart disease and cancer? Why should we eat 5 fruit and vegetables a day? How is global warming affecting our food supply? What challenges are our Farmers facing to supply high quality food to us, as consumers?


Home Economics helps to answer many of these questions and sort out fact from fiction.


As part of STEM in Northern Ireland the Agri-Food Industry has been identified as an area with a skills shortage. How do you fancy being a part of the future of our food?

Ks3 Topics

At Key Stage 3 pupils examine key concepts in relation to healthy eating, home and family life and independent living.


A wide range of practical cookery is incorporated into each unit of work to encourage pupils to think about their relationship with food in a positive way, to challenge the way they choose food and ultimately inspire a love for food whilst providing opportunities to develop their skills.

GCSE Food and Nutrition

CCEA Specification


The course is divided into two sections;

Component 1: Food and Nutrition with external written exam 50%.


  • Food provenance

  • Food processing and production

  • Food and nutrition

  • Macronutrients

  • Micronutrients

  • Fibre

  • Water

  • Nutritional and dietary needs

  • Being an effective consumer when shopping for food

  • Factors affecting food choice

  • Food safety

  • Resource management

  • Food preparation, cooking and presentation skills


Component 2: Practical Food and Nutrition – Controlled Assessment 50%.

GCE Nutrition and Food Science

CCEA Specification


At AS the course is divided into two components.


 Firstly, pupils will explore the principles of nutrition and its importance to human health.


Secondly, pupils focus on dietary-related disorders and how they impact on health.


At A2 the course is also divided into two components.


Firstly, pupils focus on securing a safe food supply whilst maintaining high quality food.


Secondly, pupils select an area of interest to study further as a research project.

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