Key Stage Three
Each week, pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10 have 2 periods of Home Economics per week. At Key Stage 3 we concentrate on the main areas of Healthy Eating, Home and Family Life and Independent Living. Some of the topics studied include: Be a Clever Consumer, Vegetarianism, Family Life, Safe Food, You are what you eat, What is good health? and Being a teenager. Practical food preparation is an important and integral part of the subject with most students cooking every other week. The Livestock and Meat Commission provide cookery demonstrations for the Year 9 students and Year 10 students are given the opportunity to enter the Dairy Council’s competition each year as well as attend workshops by The Merchant Hotel, The Environmental Health Department and Trading Standards NI.
The CCEA GCSE specification has been updated and has been tailored to prepare young people for the everyday challenges of life and work. It is centred around two main components - Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness and is designed to prepare young people for the various challenges of life in a dynamic, consumer driven and technological demanding world. It is composed of 3 units; 1 exam and 2 pieces of controlled assessment. Some of the topics studied include What’s on the plate?, What’s in food?, What’s on the label?, Ages and Stages, Dietary disorders, Being an effective consumer, What influences shopping, Money matters and Wiser Buyer. The Year 11 students attend a ‘Feed your Mind’ workshop which gives them a practical flavour of careers in the food industry. They are also given the opportunity to enter various competitions such as Futurechef, Whizz Kids and the Dairy Council’s Young Cook of the Year.
Students follow the OCR Home Economics (Food, Nutrition and Health) specification. This specification allows candidates to develop an understanding of issues relating to society and health, resource management, nutrition and food production. It is excellent for students wishing to pursue careers in nutrition, food science, sports science, food technology and consumer protection. In this specification there is a strong emphasis on the practical aspects of Home Economics. At AS there are 2 units; Society and Health and Resource Management. Both units are externally assessed by separate written papers. At A2 a further 2 units are completed. The first is an investigation of a topic chosen by the student. The second, Nutrition and Food Production, is assessed by a written examination. The Year 13 students also attend Nutrition Awareness Training and achieve the nationally recognised Level 2 Award in Healthier Food and Special Diets awarded by The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
Mrs A Lindsay – HOD
Ms C Miskelly (Teacher)
Mrs L Loughran (Teacher)
Ms D Byrne (Teacher)
Ms S Cousins (Technician)