Home Economics

  

Introduction:

Home Economics has a direct relevance to the present and future life of every young person. It is a multi-faceted subject through which students learn how to take care of themselves, others, their home and their environment.

Home Economics encompasses aspects of Science, Nutrition, Consumer and Social Studies as well as practical Culinary and Textile Skills. Students learn about the links between diet, health, family, home and resource management.

Home Economics aims to empower students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for managing their own lives, for further and higher education and work.

 

Home Economics Department Teachers:

Ms. O’ Hara, Ms. Teeling, Ms. Trainor, Ms. Sheelan

 

Junior Certificate Curriculum:

The Junior Certificate classes consist of a maximum of 20 students per class and are mixed ability.

The timetable consists of two single classes and one double class per week.

 

What topics are covered in Junior Certificate Home Economics?

  • Health & Social Studies  -  how to take care of your body
  • Food Studies - how food nourishes your body, how to prepare food and cook it
  • Consumer Studies - how to spend money wisely, how to save money and budget, and how you are protected as a consumer
  • Home Management - design in the home, safety and hygiene, services to the home, the environment
  • Craftwork & Textiles - how to hand sew and use a sewing machine & make a textile-based project

 

 

 

Junior Certificate Exam - Breakdown of Marks

 

Higher Level

  • Written Paper 50%
  • Cookery Practical 35%
  • Craft/Research Project15%

Ordinary Level

  • Written Paper 40%
  • Cookery Practical 45%
  • Craft/Research Project15%



Leaving Certificate Curriculum:

The Leaving Certificate classes consist of a maximum of 24 students per class and are mixed ability.

The timetable consists of three single classes and one double class per week.

 

What topics are covered in Home Economics at Leaving Certificate?
The Senior Cycle syllabus is based on three core areas of study that is studied by all students, and one elective area.


Core Areas of Study:

  • Food studies 45%
  • Resource management and consumer studies 25%
  • Social studies 10%

Elective
The elective allows students the opportunity to undertake a more detailed study of one area of the core. This is worth 20% of the written paper.
There are three electives, one of these must be chosen:

  1. Home design and management
  2. Textiles, fashion and design
  3. Social studies

The Coursework Journal
20% of the grade at Leaving Certificate is based on a coursework journal which is completedbefore the written paper.
The coursework journal is a written account of four assigned cookery practicals undertaken in class.




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