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Home Economics

Key Stage Three

Home Economics is at the centre of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.  It is an important STEM subject that is taught to all pupils in Carrickfergus Academy in Years 8, 9 and 10.  Pupils will take part in practical lessons that will develop their cookery skills. 

Some of the topics covered include:

  • How to follow a healthy diet

  • Being an effective consumer

  • Diet related disorders

  • Special diets

  • Family life

Home Economics will prepare pupils for a career in a range of areas.  Recently the farming and food industries have been identified as having the biggest role to play in growing the Northern Ireland economy showing just how valuable Home Economics is.  

Subject Leader

Mrs R Neale

Teaching Staff

Mrs L Chambers

Miss V Hughes

Miss E Lyle

Mrs A McIlwrath

Technicians

Mrs A Boyd

Mrs J Burns

Key Stage Four

There are a number of subjects to choose from.  

GCSE Child Development

GCSE Child Development focuses on the development of babies and small children (0–5 years). You will develop knowledge, understanding and skills, including practical skills, in these key areas:

● pregnancy, childbirth and caring for a newborn baby

● the responsibilities involved in parenting and other family roles

● the social, physical, intellectual, communication and emotional development of small children, including their dietary, health and educational needs

Assessment

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HE Subject Choice Presentation

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Find out more from the CCEA website:

 https://ccea.org.uk/key-stage-4/gcse/subjects/gcse-home-economics-child-development-2017

 

OCN – Early Years, Child Care and Development

After successfully completing this vocational subject students will achieve an equivalent to a grade B at GCSE.  The course covers the following areas of learning:

  • Child development 

  • The needs of a child

  • Caring for a child

Assessment

  • This subject is assessed 100% by portfolio work.  That means students do not have to sit an exam. 

  • They will have to complete 5 portfolio’s over the 2 year course

  • Some of these will include practical demonstrations and role plays on how to care for a child. 

GCSE Food and Nutrition

GCSE Food and Nutrition encourages students to develop knowledge and understanding of the science behind food. They will learn about topics such as food provenance, food processing and production, macronutrients and micronutrients, government nutritional guidelines and food safety. Students will also have the chance to develop practical skills in food preparation, cooking and presentation.

Assessment

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Find out more from the CCEA website: 

https://ccea.org.uk/key-stage-4/gcse/subjects/gcse-home-economics-food-and-nutrition-2017

 

OCN – Diet, Food and Hospitality

After successfully completing this vocational subject students will achieve an equivalent to a grade B at GCSE.  

The course covers topics that will prepare students for employment in the hospitality industry and consider how consumers should make healthy diet choices for example:

  • Practical cooking skills

  • Customer service

  • Food and nutrition

  • Safety and hygiene 

 

Assessment

  • This subject is assessed 100% by portfolio work.  That means students do not have to sit an exam.  

  • They will have to complete 5 portfolio’s over the 2 year course

  • Some of these will include food practical assessments. 

Extra – Curricular

Pupils will have the opportunity to take part in a seasonal cookery club after school.  

Key Stage Four pupils will be supported with revision classes.