Home Economics

Home Economics


  • Miss B Chambers (Head of Department)
  • Mrs C Mazs
  • Miss a Mulholland
  • Mrs D Hayes (Technician)


When we hear the term, ‘Home Economics’ most of us think about cooking and food. Home Economics is about much more than food however. In our department we aim to combine aspects of science, nutrition, cooking, parenting skills and finance. In Dominican College pupils learn about the inter-relationships between diet, health, family, home and choice and the management of resources.

Home Economics delivers the vital skills that enable pupils to lead effective lives as individuals and family members as well as members of the wider community.



Within the Home Economics Department, we aim to give our pupils a valuable insight into:

  • The planning and preparation of healthy and economical meals.
  • The importance of nutrition in maintaining a well-balanced diet.
  • The role of the consumer within society.
  • The development of money management skills.

The Northern Ireland curriculum seeks to empower pupils to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives. It is about helping pupils prepare for life and work:

  • As individuals
  • As contributors to society
  • As contributors to the economy and environment

Home Economics has a significant role to play in this. Home Economics provides pupils with opportunities to explore real issues explicitly relevant to real-life contexts.

These experiences lead to the development of a wide range of transferable skills. Of particular value is the contribution of the subject to the development of skills such as decision making and working with others.

For Home Economics to be relevant in the curriculum it must meet the overall curriculum objectives. These are, developing the pupils as individuals, as contributors to society and as contributors to the economy and the environment.


Meeting Curriculum Objectives

Home Economics develops pupils as individuals by:

Helping them explore their health in a practical context, enhancing their potential to live a healthy lifestyle and make responsible choices about their diet and food.

Home Economics develops pupils as contributors to society by:

Giving them a sense of themselves as social beings and how they relate to one another; making them aware of values and lifestyles that are different from their own and helping them make reasoned judgements in family relationships.

Home Economics develops as contributors to the economy by:

Giving them an awareness of themselves as consumers in a changing economy to help them become discerning and effective when making judgements in relation to the environment and personal finances.

Key Concepts

Healthy Eating

- recipes are chosen to engage pupils and stimulate their interest in food and eating as well as addressing the key principles of healthy eating. They become more challenging each year and encourage experimentation with foods outside the pupils’ usual experience.

Home and Family life 

- exploring home and family life provides opportunities to understand the importance of the family as a caring unit.

Independent living

- practical cookery lessons lend themselves very well to the development of a wide range of skills beyond those associated with food. For example, there are opportunities to develop self-management skills and skills to promote independence. Pupils can take responsibility for the planning of their own work and managing their time rather than always following a teacher directed routine.


Pupils at Key Stage 3 study a varied and interesting course to develop a wide range of skills.

Year 8

Pupils study Home Economics as part of a 12 week carousel.  They are provided with a Classwork and Homework booklet.


 Year 9 & 10

All students at this stage have 2x35 minute periods of Home Economics per week. During each year they complete units of work which incorporate a variety of practical learning activities.

Practical food preparation is an important and integral part of the subject. Classwork and Homework Booklets are provided.

Home Economics Fees are as follows:

 Year 8  £6
 Years 9 & 10  £20

All ingredients required for the preparation of food related activities are provided in school as well as the containers in which to transport food home.

In relation to practical assessment activities-pupils are given the opportunity to provide their own ingredients to showcase their personal skills and abilities.


Year 9 Make Healthy Breakfasts


Year 10 Produce Tasty and Low Fat Family Meals




Through studying this specification, students develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • home economics;
  • practical home economics skills;
  • diet and health;
  • how to be a discerning consumer;
  • issues that affect the quality of human life;
  • human needs within a multicultural society; and
  • relevant technological and scientific developments.

This specification encourages students to adopt a critical and analytical approach to decision-making and problem-solving in relation to home economics. It also encourages them to develop as effective and independent learners.

The course content is divided into three compulsory units:

 Content  Assessment  Weighting

 Unit 1

 Diet & Health
 Consumer Awareness

 Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

 The examination has two sections;

 Section A: Diet & Health
 Section B: Consumer Awareness

 Unit 2

 Diet & Health
 Controlled Assessment

 One Controlled Task:

 Planning Activity/Practical
 Activity/Evaluation Actvity

 Unit 3

 Consumer Awareness
 Controlled Assessment

 One Controlled Assessment Task:

 Identification of Issues
 Research-based Activity
 Primary Investigation


In studying this course, candidates should be encouraged to make appropriate use of information and communication technology (ICT).

A study of the syllabus will provide students with opportunities to experience practical activities that encourage the development of personal, social, creative, investigative, measurement, communication, management and psycho-motor skills.

The practical element of Home Economics is an essential and enjoyable experience. Candidates can take pride in their achievements.

GCSE Coursework


A Home Economics Club takes place at various times throughout the year such as Halloween, Christmas and Easter to encourage pupils to produce seasonal cookery.


Home Economics Cookery Club


Home Economics Events 2014-15

Home Economics Fund-Raising Event

The Home Economics Department raised £500 in aid of Trocaire

Home Economics Department makes and sells “Cupcakes”


Livestock and Meat Commission

The Livestock and Meat Commission visited Dominican College for three days in October 2014. All Year 10 pupils attended a variety of cookery demonstrations.





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Belfast, County Antrim

BT15 4AQ

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