Mrs Anne Cresswell (B Ed Hons, Cert. Ed.) – Head of Department
Mrs Ann Armstrong (B Ed)
The subject aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of nutrition, healthy lifestyles, safe food and family relationships to improve their quality of life.
The students acquire skills for life as they learn about:
- Hygiene and safety in the preparation of food
- The importance of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle
- Making responsible food choices about their diet and food
- Roles and responsibilities of family members
- Their rights and responsibilities as customers.
Key Stage 3
Home Economics is studied by all students in years 8 to 10 at Key Stage 3. It is taught under the following key concepts
- Healthy eating
- Home and Family Life
- Independent living.
In Home Economics a variety of teaching approaches are used to encourage decision making skills, to enable the student to become an independent and resourceful adult.
Key stage 4
At Key stage 4 students are given the opportunity to study Home Economics and Child Development at GCSE level.
- Written paper – 40%
- Controlled assessment tasks – 60%
GCSE Home Economics is taught under the following Key Concepts
- Diet and Health
- Consumer awareness
In this course students consider the differing needs of family member s and how food choice is affected by social, economic, environmental, cultural, physiological and psychological factors. An important element of this course involves practical cooking which is a compulsory part of the controlled assessment.
Additional Information; Year 11 pupils are given the opportunity to take a food safety qualification, the Basic Food Hygiene Certificate. They also attend the “Feed your mind” Open Day at Loughry College.
- Parenthood, pregnancy and child birth
- Development of a child from birth to 5 years.
This course involves students in the study of the physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of young children from conception to the age of five years. It encourages knowledge and understanding of pregnancy, the needs of young children, the roles and responsibilities of parents, and the social and environmental influences affecting family life.
As Home Economics and A2 Home Economics as well as BTEC National Award: Children’s Care, Learning and development are offered to our High school students through our collaboration with Omagh Academy and South West College respectively.
GCSE Hospitality has been available for first teaching from September 2013.
Through studying this course, students gain core knowledge and understanding of the hospitality industry and the skills required for working in it. Students have opportunities to apply their developing knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of theoretical and practical contexts.
There are three units, each with one form of assessment. Unit 1 and Unit 2 are externally assessed. Unit 3 is internally assessed through work-related assignments. These assignments give the course an applied ethos and underline its work-related emphasis.
The emphasis on practical tasks enables students to have a motivating and enjoyable experience of finding out what it is like to work in the hospitality industry. It encourages students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices in the hospitality industry.
A course based on these specifications will provide a suitable basis for further study at a higher level by offering progression to academic and vocational courses including AS and Advanced GCE (A Level) Home Economics, and GNVQ Health and Social Care, Diploma in Childcare and Education, and Early Years Diploma (Nursery Nursing).
In addition the Home Economics course provides a basis for those seeking employment in a wide range of settings, such as catering, food production, and food retailing.
The Child Development course offers a basis for those seeking employment in a wide range of childcare settings e.g., crèches, playschools, nursery assistants and childminders.
Careers linked with Home Economics
- Environmental Health
- Food Production
- Food Retailing
- Nursery Assistant