Home Economics


Home Economics at Glastry College is taught to all pupils in Years 8 to 10, for three periods over two weeks. Lessons are a mixture of practical and theory, and our main aim is the development of skills and knowledge that pupils will use almost daily throughout their working and home lives. Decision-making, problem solving, team-working and time management are just a few of the skills being developed in lessons.


  • To help pupils explore their own health in a practical context while enhancing their potential to live a healthy lifestyle and make responsible choices about their diet and food.

  • To allow pupils to be more aware of values and lifestyles that are different from their own and help them make informed decisions with regards to family relationships.

  • To give pupils an awareness of themselves as consumers in a changing economy and help them to understand the importance of becoming a discerning consumer.

  • To give pupils the opportunity to develop their skills to prepare them for independent living. 


Learning in the Home Economics department is extremely active, and Key Stage 3 pupils are encouraged to take part in numerous activities each week to assist their enjoyment and understand of learning:


Home Economics at Key Stage 3 is part of Learning for Life and Work. In Years 8, 9 and 10 pupils get the opportunity to examine key concepts in relation to healthy eating, home and family life and independent living.


Each year is divided into a series of units which are designed to be enjoyable, challenging and relevant for our pupils. A wide range of practical cookery is built into each unit of work so that pupils can develop a range of important skills such as working with others, thinking for themselves, cooking skills and using equipment.


Lessons are prepared by using a combination of pupil booklets, text books and internet resources to facilitate effective management. These resources are up-dated regularly.


Practical cookery is enjoyed greatly by all pupils in Key Stage 3 and is a wonderful opportunity for them to develop healthy attitudes to food whilst learning some life-long skills.


It is also departmental policy to use as many resources as possible which are available from outside agencies such as the Health Promotion Unit and the Foods Standards Agency. Research articles, newspapers and other current data are made available where appropriate.




GCSE Home Economics is a very relevant and interesting subject which provides pupils with the opportunity to prepare them for the responsibilities, opportunities and experiences of adult life.


The new specification contains two main components, Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness.


Diet and Health


Within this section, pupils get the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for providing healthy diets for family members throughout life.


Consumer awareness



In this section pupils will get the opportunity to apply knowledge, understanding and skills as discerning and effective mangers of resources.


Unit 1: Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness – 1 hour 30 minutes,

includes short-answer, structured extended writing questions, 40% weighting.


Unit 2: Diet and Health, controlled assessment – 25 hours, 40% weighting.


Unit 3: Consumer Awareness, controlled assessment – 20 hours, 20% weighting.


A-LEVEL - GCE Health & Social Care

The aim of this course is to encourage students to develop an interest in health, early-years care and education, social care and issues affecting the care sector. This course allows students to develop skills that will enable them to make an effective contribution to the care sector, including skills of research, evaluation and problem-solving in a work related context. This course prepares the students for further study and training in the area of health and social care.






Head of Department












Mirs E Meaney


Mrs A McCrossan


Mrs M Ross


Mrs L McKee