Home Economics Department

Teachers in Department

Mrs C Mullan (Head of Department)

Mrs L McReynolds

Miss E Campbell

Home Economics

Home Economics is a strand of Learning for Life and Work.  Home Economics is designed to enable students to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about home and family which may improve the quality of life for themselves and others. The practical, productive tasks undertaken in Home Economics help students develop a range of skills which are essential for their present and future lives. Our Home Economics department provides opportunities for students to study a wide variety of subjects at different levels.

Key Stage 3

Year 8 Theory Topics

Year 8 Practical Cookery Tasks

Fruit Smoothies
Apple Crumble
Chocolate truffles
Raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes
Tomato Pasta Salad
Chicken Chow Mein
Berry and Lemon Cheesecake
Mini Egg Nests
Pizza Baguette


Year 9 Theory Topics

Year 9 Practical Cookery Tasks

Apple and Cinnamon Cupcakes
Rudolph Shortbread
Sausage Rolls
Chilli Nachos
Pasta Bolognese
Chicken Fried Rice
Chicken Enchiladas
Mini Egg Cheesecake
Rice Krispie Chocolate Tray Bake




Year 10 Theory Topics


Year 10 Practical Cookery Tasks

Chicken Fajitas
Eves Pudding
Chocolate Cake
Banana Bread
Breaded Cod Goujons
Chicken Casserole
Chocolate Mini-Egg Cupcakes
Chicken Skewers
Ice-Cream Cone Cupcakes



Chef of the Week

‘Chef of the Week’ is selected based on the following criteria:

They will receive the following certificate:


Extracurricular activities

Cookery Club

Cookery club is offered to Year 8-10 pupils every Wednesday from 3.30-4.30pm. It gives all students the opportunity to build on the skills and knowledge they gain in their Home Economics lessons and develop some valuable life skills.


Key Stage 4

Within the Home Economics Department there are a wide variety of GCSE courses offered including:

GCSE Child Development


GCSE Health and Social Care


CCEA GCSE Occupational Studies


Occupational Studies is offered as more practical based qualifications.


Contemporary Cuisine- in this unit students get the opportunity to prepare and cook a range of Starters, Mains and Desserts. Below are some examples of the dishes:

Prawn Cocktail
Chicken Skewers
Tomato and Basil Soup
Main courses
Chicken Curry and Rice

Vegetable Stir Fry

Cod Goujons and Home Made Chips with Pea Puree
Chocolate Bar Cheese Cake
Meringues with Fresh Fruit and Raspberry Coulis


Patisserie and Baking- in this unit students get the opportunity to bake a range of breads and scones, cakes and biscuits and pastry goods. Below are some examples of the dishes:

Breads and Scones
Wheaten Bread
Focaccia Bread
Fruit and Plain Scones
Cakes and Biscuits
Cupcakes with Decoration

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Filo Fruit Parcels
Sausage Rolls

Some of our fantastic dishes in Hospitality


Child Care:

Physical Care of Babies- in this unit students get the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of looking after babies through a range of practical activities including:

-Making a baby’s bottle safely

-Bathing a baby

-Putting a baby to bed safely


Childcare the Play Environment- in this unit students get the opportunity to develop their creativity through a range of practical activities including:

-Making a game suitable for children aged 3-5.

-Creating a book corner suitable for young children.

-Creating a nursery rhyme model to help children’s understanding of numbers and words through song.

Key Stage 5


Studying GCSE Child Development or Health and Social Care is a brilliant foundation for the CCEA GCE Health and Social Care course.


In AS students study Unit 1: Promoting Quality Care and Unit 2: Communication in a health, social or early years setting. For these coursework based unit’s students are required to go on work experience to a health and social care setting to develop knowledge and understanding of the importance of policies and procedures to allow service users to feel valued. Another unit covered in AS is an external examination called Health and Well-being. Students get the opportunity to cover content on what factors impact health and well-being such as behavioural factors, smoking, consuming alcohol, inactivity and activity.


In A2 students study Unit 4: Health Promotion and Unit 5: Supporting the Family, both units are internally assessed coursework units. Group work is required for Unit 4. Students come up with their own health promotion campaign and deliver it to a KS3 Home Economics class. In A2 there is one external examination which is based on one service group and changes each year when the pre-release is made available to schools in February.

Careers Links

Home Economics/Hospitality Child Development/Health and Social Care
Chef Nurse
Baker Physiotherapist
Cake Decorator Occupational Therapist
Hotel Manager Speech and Language Therapist
Dietician Child Minder
Nutritionist Health Visitor
Environmental Health Officer Social Worker
Food Scientist Midwife
Teacher Educational Psychologist
Restaurant Manager Nursery Teacher


Links with outside agencies

The Department uses a range of outside agencies to provide up to date information on the subject content. A variety of talks, visits, presentations, demonstrations and trips are organised with the aim of enhancing classroom learning and widening pupils’ experiences. These include:

Livestock and Meat Commission Cookery Demonstration

Visit to Loughry College (CAFRE) for the “Feed Your Mind” Event

Participants in the Mount Charles Big School Cook Off

Midwife and Social Work guest speakers to discuss topics and answer questions, relating to the job.

Loughry College (CAFRE) Careers talk