The overall aim of the HE department is to teach pupils practical skills including food preparation skills, organisational skills, problem solving abilities, organisational skills, team work and time management skills.



Key Stage 3


Home Economics is taught as a discreet subject in KS3 to all year 8, 9 and 10 pupils, in addition to fulfilling the requirements as one of the 4 Learning for Life and Work (LLW) required components.

Home Economics provides pupils with opportunities to explore real issues relevant to real-life contexts. These experiences lead to the development of a wide range of transferable skills.

In Years 8, 9 and 10 pupils get the opportunity to examine key concepts in relation to:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Home and Family Life
  • Independent Living

Year 8 Home Economics is taught as a discreet subject in a Module lasting 8 Weeks. During the first 2 weeks students learn about Healthy Eating and Safety in the HE room and HE routines such as tidying and doing dishes.


Module Week by Week

 1  Healthy Eating
 2  Safety in HE/HE Routines
 3  Smoothies
 4  French Baguette Pizza
 5  Chocolate Fairy Cakes
 6  Pasta Bake
 7  Chicken Fajitas
 8  Free Choice



Assessment is formative during the Module.  Your son will receive a written report at the end of the school year reporting on contribution, effort interest shown and skills learnt.


How Parents Can Help

Encourage your child to actively help at home such as setting tables, clearing away and helping with doing the dishes. Also encourage your child to try out the recipes practiced in class at home and help him to try out new recipes researched on the internet.




GCSE Home Economics develops the knowledge and skills gained at KS3.  GCSE Home Economics is a very interesting and relevant subject which allows students to prepare themselves for the responsibilities of adult life.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the nutritional needs of the family, nutritional advice and diet related illness such as coronary heart disease and diabetes.

During the two years of study students are encouraged to think critically, make informed choices, develop practical food skills and manage resources so they will be able to lead effective lives as individuals and family and the wider community members.



Board CEA

We have divided this course content into three compulsory units:

Unit 1: Diet and Health, and Consumer Awareness

Unit 2: Diet and Health (Controlled Assessment)

Unit 3: Consumer Awareness (Controlled Assessment)

These are outlined in more detail below:

Unit 1: Diet and Health, and Consumer Awareness

  • What’s on the Plate?
  • What’s in Food?
  • What’s on the Label?
  • Ages and Stages
  • Dietary Disorders
  • Special Diets
  • The Facts Behind the Issues
  • Keeping Food Safe
  • Creativity and Food
  • Being an Effective Consumer
  • What Influences Shopping?
  • Money Matters
  • Wiser Buyer.

Unit 2: Diet and Health (Controlled Assessment Tasks)

  • Planning activity;
  • Practical activity; and
  • Evaluation activity.

Unit 3: Consumer Awareness (Controlled Assessment)

  • Identification of issues;
  • Research-based activity;
  • Primary investigation; and
  • Conclusions and evaluation.

The course is assessed through one written paper and a series of controlled assessment tasks.

For more information, see the specification.



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