Home Economics


  • Mrs Boardman
  • Mrs McArdle (Technician)



  • Stimulate and sustain an interest and enjoyment of the subject so that pupils, and others who have contact with the Home Economics department in St Joseph’s Boys’ High School, will value the subject as an important contributor towards achievement in school and recognise its contributions to life beyond school:
  • Develop the skills associated with Home Economics activities and to encourage creativity and aesthetic awareness.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of current nutritional advice and apply this within the context of the diet and lifestyle of family members.
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of human needs, the interdependence of individuals and groups, and the influence of social, cultural, economics and environmental factors.
  • Increase awareness of the implications for Home Economics of rapid technological change, advances in scientific knowledge and to develop the ability to respond effectively.
  • Support a critical and analytical approach to decision making and problem solving.
  • To assist pupils in their role within a changing society by encouraging effective management of both human and material resources.
  • To encourage initiative, self-reliance and responsibility.


Home Economics was introduced in St Joseph’s in September 2007, as part of the revised curriculum for Key Stage 3 pupils. The Key Stage 3 curriculum is structured around the three key concepts

Healthy Eating:

Pupils will have opportunities to learn about healthy food choices, the consequences of poor food choices, how to prevent food poisoning, how religion affects what we eat, and food packaging and labelling.

Home and Family Life:

Pupils have opportunities to learn about family life and the nutritional needs of a range of family members. They also learn how to cope with different family circumstances.

Independent Living:

Pupils will have opportunities to learn how they could be an ethical consumer, shopping on line, how to pay for what you buy, their rights as a consumer and the organisations that are available to help with consumer issues.


GCSE Home Economics involves a two year course and students are assessed as shown below.

Content Assessment  Weighting

 Unit 1:

 Diet and Health and
 Consumer Awareness

 External assessment (Compulsory)
 Format: 1 hour 30 minutes examination

 The exam has two sections:

 Section A: Diet and Health
 Section B: Consumer Awareness

 Both sections include short
 answer questions, structured
 questions and extended
 response questions.

Unit 2:

 Diet and Health
(controlled assessment)


Internal assessment (compulsory)
1,750 Words Maximum

Format: One controlled
 assessment task consisting of:
• A planning activity
• A practical activity
• An evaluation activity

 Unit 3:  

 Consumer Awareness
 (Controlled assessment)

Internal assessment (compulsory)
3,000 Words Maximum

Format: One controlled assessment task including:
• Identification of issues
• Research based activity
• Primary investigation
• Conclusion and evaluation




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