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.

Units of Work include; Safety and Hygiene; Use of equipment; Meal planning and preparation using the Eatwell plate guidelines; Family life and Seasonal cooking.

Units of Work include; Nutrients, Meal planning and preparation using the Eatwell plate guidelines; Ethical Shopping; Food Safety and Seasonal cooking.

Units of Work include; Meal planning and preparation using the Eatwell plate guidelines; Needs of Pregnant Mother, Baby, Toddler, Adolescent, Adult and the Elderly; Special Diets e.g. vegetarian; Consumer Awareness and Seasonal Cooking.




 Why should I study this course? Home Economics GCSE is now known as Food and Nutrition and even though it has a name change, it continues to offer pupils a range of opportunities to further develop their nutrition and health knowledge, consumer skills, food safety expertise and practical cookery skills.This will be achieved through a range of teaching and learning strategies, exam practice, food practical opportunities, Controlled Assessment, educational visits and visiting speakers.The knowledge and practical skills learned at Key Stage 3 are an excellent basis for the work you will be involved in during the GCSE Years 11 & 12.
What will I learn? Component 1Food and Nutrition  Component 2Practical Food and Nutrition(Controlled Assessment: written and practical) 
The Specification Content for this component includes:Knowledge and understanding of:

  • Food provenance, processing and production
  • Current government dietary guidelines
  • Energy, macronutrients, micronutrients, fibre, water
  • Nutritional and dietary needs for groups of people including sports people, vegetarians and vegans, those with allergies and intolerances
  • Planning and developing menus for the groups of people listed above
  • Dietary and lifestyle factors that may contribute to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, dental caries, anaemia
  • Being an effective consumer when shopping for food
  • Food safety
Through the two year course pupils develop their food preparation, cooking and presentation skills.These skills are assessed through a controlled assessment task issued by CCEA in Year 12. The task involves the following:

  • Research and viewpoints on the task
  • Choosing and justifying the menu chosen for the task
  • Planning and cooking the menu
  • Pupil evaluation of choice of menu and final results


 What’s each module worth?  50% 50%
How will I be formally assessed? External written examination in Year 122 hours120 marksThe written paper includes multiple-choice, structured questions, and questions requiring extended writing. One controlled assessment (written and practical)120 marks
What might the future hold? A GCSE in Food and Nutrition opens up many career opportunities such as:-o    Food Scienceo    Food Technologyo    Business and Marketingo    Health Promotiono    Environmental Healtho    Trading Standards

o    Food Quality Assurance/ Control

o    Dietetics and Nutrition

o    Teaching

o    Various careers in hospitality and retail


At Dromore High, we offer GCE Nutrition and Food Science. GCSE Food and Nutrition is a clear pathway to this qualification.