Home Economics / Social & Scientific

Junior Cycle (Home Economics)

Home Economics is a 3 year course at Junior cycle. It is suitable for both male and female students. The course covers 3 main strands:

  1. Food, health and culinary skills
  2. Responsible family Living
  3. Textiles and Craft.

Students complete 2 CBA’s in Junior cycle Home Economics.

CBA1 is completed in 2nd year. The title of this CBA is Creative Textiles where students create a textile item for the individual or the home. They can also upcycle an item. Students have the chance to learn machine and hand stitches and apply their creativity skills.

CBA2 is completed in 3rd year. This CBA is linked to the cookery practical exam. Students complete a cookery exam at the end of 3rd year. This is worth 50% of their Home Economics Junior cycle grade.

Senior Cycle (Social & Scientific)

Home Economics is known as ‘Scientific & Social’ in the Senior Cycle. It is an applied subject combining theory with practical cookery. The subject is open to both males and female students. Scientific & Social covers a wide range of topics, many of which are very relevant to students in their own lives at present and in the future.

Syllabus Structure

The course has three main core areas:

1. Food Studies:

  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Diet & Health
  • Irish Food Industry
  • Meal Management & Planning
  • Food Safety & Hygiene
  • Study of commonly eaten foods

2. Resource management & Consumer Studies:

  • Management of the Home
  • Household Finances
  • Housing
  • Consumer studies
  • Relationships & Protection

3. Social Studies

  • Family
  • Marriage
  • Family Law

Students also study a Social Elective. Topics include:

  • Social Change and the Family
  • Education
  • Work
  • Unemployment
  • Poverty

Students also have four Cookery Assignments to complete and write up the research, implementation and evaluation of each assignment in a prescribed journal.
This accounts for 20% of the Scientific & Social Leaving Certificate result.