Home Economics


Aims and Vision

Through the study of Home Economics, we aim to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and competences which will help them to be resourceful in their day to day lives. Pupils will be provided with opportunities to explore real life situations related to health and nutrition, family life and independent living.
Our overall aims are:

  • To foster an interest in, and enjoyment of Home Economics, by providing a range of learning opportunities and teaching strategies so that pupils take pride in their achievements, and value the subject as an important contributor towards achievement in school, and recognise its contribution to life beyond school.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of current nutritional advice and apply this within the context of diet and lifestyle.
  • To help pupils in their role within a changing society by encouraging careful organisation of both human and material resources, so they become discerning consumers and effective managers of resources in relation to home and family.
  • To create an increasing awareness of technological changes and develop an ability to respond effectively to the effects of these within the home.
  • To enable pupils to gain knowledge and understanding of the concepts of the family and the contribution of family life to the personal and social development of its members.
  • To encourage initiative, self-reliance, responsibility, creativity and aesthetic awareness.
  • To help pupils discriminate in choice, purchase, preparation and serving of food.
  • To promote an understanding of the independence and interaction among individuals, families and communities.
  • To help pupils understand themselves, question personal attitudes and develop confidence.
  • To promote cross-curricular links, and links with other subjects in the school curriculum.
  • To provide pupils with the skills and knowledge which they can be applied to gain useful and relevant qualifications.

Magazine Article

Banbridge Academy Magazine 2015-2016: HE Article

Gallery Of Pupil Work

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, Home Economics is a compulsory, contributory subject to Learning for Life and Work. During this stage pupils should be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills in the safe, hygienic, healthy and creative use of food
  • Research and manage information to investigate Home Economics issues, solve problems and make informed decisions
  • Show deeper understanding of Home Economics, be more critical, think flexibly and make reasoned judgments
  • Demonstrate creativity and initiative when developing own ideas
  • Communicate effectively in visual, oral, written, mathematical and ICT formats, showing clear awareness of audience and purpose
  • Work effectively with others
  • Demonstrate self-management by working systematically, persisting with tasks, evaluating and improving own performance

Year 8

Year 8 pupils will cover a range of units which include:

Safety and Hygiene; Use of equipment; Meal planning and preparation using the eatwell plate guidelines; Family life; Traditional cooking at Halloween, Christmas and Easter. All pupils will have the opportunity to achieve the Sainsbury’s Active Kids 1 Star Chef Award.

Year 9

Year 9 pupils will cover a range of units which include:

Planning and preparation of meals using the eatwell plate guidelines; Ethical shopping; Food safety; Needs of young children and teenagers; traditional cooking at Halloween; Christmas and Easter. All pupils have the opportunity to take the Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2 Star Chef Award.

Year 10

Year 10 pupils will cover a range of units which include:

Planning and preparation of meals using the eatwell plate guidelines; Needs of Older people; Special diets: Vegetarian, Diabetic; Ethical shopping; Consumer Awareness; Foods around the world; Marketing Strategies for a new product; Traditional cooking at Halloween, Christmas and Easter. All pupils have the opportunity to take the Sainsbury’s Active Kids 3 Star Chef Award.


This specification allows students to progress from KS3 Home Economics to Advanced Level Home Economics and other subject-related courses, where appropriate.

The subject content in Unit 1 is divided into two components:

– Diet and Health
– Consumer Awareness

Diet and Health
Students should have opportunities to demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for providing healthy diets for family members throughout life. They should recognise that family members have different dietary needs and that food choice is affected by social, economic, environmental, cultural, physiological and psychological factors.

These topics incorporate a wide range of food preparation activities in which pupils will create a range of dishes using a variety of manipulative, technological and organisational skills.

Consumer Awareness
Students should have opportunities to apply knowledge, understanding and skills as discerning and effective managers of resources. They should recognise how choices can be influenced by personal, social, cultural, economic and environmental factors.

Diet and health topics studied include:

  • Current eating guidelines
  • Nutrition
  • Needs of individuals at different stages of the life cycle
  • Dietary disorders
  • Special diets
  • Food labelling
  • Food safety
 Consumer awareness topics studied include:

  • Being an effective consumer
  • Shopping influences
  • Money management
  • Consumer information and support

Scheme of Assessment (including Controlled Assessment)
Pupils will be required to complete one written examination and two controlled assessment activities:

  • Diet and Health (40%) – Planning, preparing and making a range of dishes relevant to chosen title
  • Consumer Awareness (20%) – Research based activity and primary investigation

AS/A2 Level Nutrition and Food Science

This is a new specification which adopts a modular structure. Candidates are required to study two units for the AS course and a further two units for the full Advanced GCE (A2) course. All units are compulsory. A2 1 offers a choice of options and a research project which is internally assessed.

AS Content

Unit AS 1: Principles of Nutrition.
This unit requires the study of macro-nutrients: protein, fat and carbohydrates, and micro-nutrients: vitamins and minerals, and other dietary constituents.  Nutritional requirements and current dietary recommendations for each life stage are also studied e.g. pregnancy, infancy, adults and frail elderly.

Unit AS 2: Diet, Lifestyle and Health.
This unit requires the study of current research in relation to diet, lifestyle and health including:  cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. Eating patterns, energy  and energy balance and physical activity guidelines for children and adults are also studied.

A2 Content

Unit A2 1  Option A: Food Security and Sustainability.
This unit examines consumer behaviour when making food purchasing decisions and considers the issues and implications of consumer food choice.


Unit A2 1  Option B: Food  Safety and Quality.
This unit explores securing a safe food supply from the primary producer to the consumer.

Unit A2 2: Research Project.
This unit requires the submission of a report on a research project of the student’s own choice. The chosen research area should come from AS 1, AS 2 or A2 1. The project gives students opportunities to demonstrate appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills demanded by the process.

AS 1: Nutrition for Optimal Health – 50% of AS, 20% of Advanced Level
AS 2: Priority Health Issues – 50% of AS, 20% of Advanced Level

A2 1: Consumer Issues – 30% of Advanced Level
A2 2: Research-based Assignment – 30% of Advanced Level

Career Opportunities

The study of Home Economics at GCSE and AS/A2 level can present career opportunities for pupils who may be interested in the following fields of study:

  • Food technology – product development;
  • Catering and hospitality industry – chefs, management;
  • Health education;
  • Media studies;
  • Consumer studies – trading standards, consumer legislation;
  • Environmental health;
  • Advertising and marketing;
  • Health and social services – administration, nursing, child care and research work.

Pupil Achievements


Year 8 pupils have received the Sainsbury’s Let’s Get Cooking 1 Star Chef Award.
Year 9 pupils have received the Sainsbury’s Let’s Get Cooking 2 Star Chef Award.
Year 10 pupils have received the Sainsbury’s Let’s Get Cooking 3 Star Chef Award.

Home Economics students at Banbridge Academy have achieved top places in Northern Ireland in CCEA Home Economics on several occasions.

1996 – Jennifer Bell – 1st place
1999 – Lauren Munn – 1st place
1999 – Ruth Berry – 2nd place

2002 – Pamela McCracken – 2nd place
2008 – Amy Bell – 2nd place
2012 – Hannah Ruddock – 1st place
2014 – Hannah Gordon – joint 3rd place, Christine Graham – joint 3rd place

At AS level
2011 – Karis Cubitt – 1st place

At A level
1998 – Jennifer Bell – 1st place
1998 – Ruth Ann Harpur – 2nd place
1999 – Lynne Malcolmson – 2nd place
1999 – Sarah Ervine – 3rd place
1999 – Jayne McCartan – 4th place
2004 – Sarah Porter – 1st in Northern Ireland in GCE A2 Module 3 Home Economics

British Nutrition Foundation GCSE Award
1998 – Alison Dickson
1999 – Lauren Munn
2007 – Lauren Pedlow
2012 – Hannah Ruddock

These presentations were made at the Royal College of Physicians in London and on two occasions these were made by HRH The Princess Royal, who is the BNF patron.

Food Standards Agency
2004 – Sarah Porter – Awarded the Michael Cole Award from the Food Standards Agency.

Extra Curricular

Dairy Council For Northern Ireland – Young Cook of the Year
2003 – Charlotte Cosgrove – KS3 Regional winner
2012 – Hannah Ruddock – KS4 Regional Winner

Winner of the LMC Design a Recipe Competition
2003 – Naomi Graham – Winner

2002/3 – Kerrie Buckley – Regional Finalist.
2004/5 – Emma Morrison and Victoria Willis – Regional Finalists
2005 – Victoria Willis – Northern Ireland and United Kingdom FutureChef Winner
2006 – Lauren Wallace – Regional Finalist of FutureChef
2009 – Helen Heyburn – Regional Finalist of FutureChef
2010 – Samuel Martin – Regional Finalist of FutureChef
2011 – Sophie Baxter – Regional Finalist of FutureChef
2014 – Christine Graham – Northern Ireland Regional Winner of FutureChef
2015 – Zoe Watson and Ben Thompson – Regional Finalist of FutureChef
2016 – Katie Russell – Northern Ireland Regional Winner of FutureChef

National Junior Chef Competition
2011 – Sophie Baxter – placed second in national competition and 1st place in the P&O Challenge.
2012 – Rachel Jardine – Northern Ireland Regional winner and UK runner up in National Junior Chef Competition

KS3 Agri Food Challenge
2012 – Bethany Sims – Winner.

Deep River Rock Competition
2014 – Emma Telford and Lucy Wan – Winner. Katie Russell  – 3rd place.

Young Consumer of the Year
2003/04 – Kathryn Beck, Stephanie Moreland, Sarah Porter, and Aidan Reay – Runners up in the N.I. Finals
2006 – Hannah Cummings, Nicola Malcolmson, Martin Armstrong, and Jonathan Best – Winners of the Regional Final