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Mrs V Ross BA PGCE (Head of Department)

Miss S Elliott BA PGCE

Non Teaching:
Mrs H Reynolds

WHY STUDY HOME ECONOMICS

- To promote concepts relating to diet and lifestyle, encouraging life long health.
- To foster independence by encouraging the development of skills in the management of human and non-human resources.
- To develop food preparation skills and to increase accessibility to healthy choices.
- To develop pupils as confident consumers, ready to make informed decisions.
- To form a sound base for the skills, knowledge and attitudes required for the world of work, further study, training and leisure.
- To facilitate working alone or working with others in a stimulating and enjoyable environment.

Home Economics is available to all pupils throughout KS3. Pupils may choose to pursue Food and Nutrition at GCSE. or opt for Child Development. Either route could lead to further study at AS/A2 levels.

WHAT WE STUDY IN HOME ECONOMICS

Key Stage 3
The subject is divided into a series of Key Concepts:
- Healthy Eating
- Independent Living
- Home and Family Life

A selection of the topics studied in each year at KS3:

Food Hygiene Food Spoilage Sports Nutrition
Healthy Eating Food Labelling Consumer Legislation
Personal Budgeting Family and Culture Calcium and Vitamin D
Family Roles Iron and Anaemia Food Additives

A wide range of practical activities take place in Home Economics; here is just a selection:

Fruit Salad Pizza Thai Noodle Soup
Vegetable Soup Carrot & Coriander Soup Chicken Risotto
Scones Kebabs Muffins
Apple Crumble Chocolate Orange Cake Spaghetti Bolognaise
Rock Buns Healthy Burgers Low fat Brownies

GCSE
The department follows the CCEA specifications for Home Economics and Child Development.

Subject content falls under the titles of:
- Family Life
- Diet and Health
- Choice and Management of Resources

This allows progression from KS3, taking a deeper interest in diet and health, for example it involves the study of a range of diet related disorders.

Assessment is as follows
1 x examination 40%
2 x teacher assessed components (Controlled Assessment) 20% and 40%

GCSE Child Development:
Subject content falls under the titles of:
• Parenthood, Pregnancy and Birth
• Child Development from birth to 5 years

Assessment is as follows:
Year 11: 1x examination 20% and 1x Controlled Assessment 20%
Year 12: 1x examination 20% and 1x Controlled Assessment 40%

AS/A2 Level
CCEA specifications for Home Economics are followed at this level. Progression continues to an in-depth study of nutrition and several other aspects of health including mental health and sexual health.
Consumer legislation and organisations and a wide range of financial issues are studied at A2 along side other topical food issues such as Genetic Modification and Food Contamination.

Assessment:
AS: 2 x examination (each 25%)
A2: 1 x examination (25%) and 1 x Coursework assignment (25%)

Careers Options
A wide range of transferable skills can be developed within the subject including:

Management - Planning - Evaluation - Analysis - Manipulative Skills Creativity - ICT - Communication - Using Maths - Decision Making

Studying Home Economics could lead to a diverse range of careers including the following: • Nutrition and dietetics • Medical professions, nursing, midwifery • Microbiology & Environmental health • Teaching • Journalism • Consumer information • Product demonstration • Or a wide range of careers in the food industry

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