Home Economics at Newtownhamilton High School 
Welcome to the Home Economics Department at Newtownhamilton High! 
 
Home Economics is a really interesting, useful and enjoyable subject which is taught to all pupils in Key Stage 3 and the teacher is Mrs Alexander. 
 
It is included within the area of Learning for Life and Work at Key Stage Three; where the inter-relationships between diet, health, family, home and resources are addressed in both practical and theoretical contexts. This involves pupils in the study of nutrition, food choice, diet and health within the context of home and family. 
 
At both Key Stage 3 & 4, the course offered is designed to encourage pupils to think critically, make informed choices, develop practical food skills and manage resources so they are enabled to lead effective lives as individuals and family members as well as members of the wider community. 
 
Key Stage 3 Home Economics 
The KS3 Home economics programme of study contains three interrelated strands of experience. 
These strands define the content which should be covered and include: 
 
1. Home and Family life 
Exploring home and family life provides opportunities to understand the importance of the family as a caring unit. 
 
Young people should have opportunities to:- 
• Explore the roles and responsibilities of individuals within a variety of home and family structures 
• Develop awareness of parenting skills 
• Investigate some of the changing needs of family members at each stage of the lifecycle 
• Explore strategies to manage family scenarios 
 
2. Healthy Eating 
Exploring healthy eating provides opportunities to develop understanding required in the choice, planning, and storage, preparation, cooking, and serving of food. 
 
Young people should have opportunities to:- 
• Develop practical skills in the safe, hygienic, healthy, and creative use of foods to plan, prepare, cook and serve a range of healthy meals 
• Develop the practical skills in the safe use of a range of utensils and appliances in the preparation, cooking, and serving of a variety of dishes 
• Investigate the impact of storage, preparation and cooking of food 
• Explore ways to achieve a healthy diet 
 
3. Independent Living 
Exploring independent living provide opportunities to understand the importance of becoming discerning consumers and effective managers of resources. Young people should have opportunities to:- 
• Develop a range of skills to promote independence through planning, managing and using resources 
• Investigate a range of factors that influence consumer choices and decisions 
• Investigate consumer rights, responsibilities and support available in a range of scenarios 
 
 
GCSE Home Economics 
This course builds upon the work students have been involved with in K.S.3. Home Economics. Emphasis is placed on the diet and health. 
Through studying this specification, students develop knowledge and understanding of: 
 
practical home economics skills; 
diet and health; 
how to be a discerning consumer; 
issues that affect the quality of human life; 
human needs within a multicultural society; and 
relevant technological and scientific developments. 
 
This GCSE specification encourages students to adopt a critical and analytical approach to decision-making and problem-solving in relation to home economics. It also encourages them to develop as effective and independent learners. 
 
GCSE Course Content 
Content is now contained in three units. 
 
These are briefly outlined 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) 
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. 
 
Assessment 
Controlled assessment: 60% 
External assessment: 40%-One written examination 
 
Unit Description Weighting 
Unit 1: 
Diet & Health and Consumer Awareness One Written Examination (1 hour 30 mins), includes short-answer, structured extended writing questions. 40% 
 
Unit 2: 
Diet and Health Controlled Assessment 
25 hours 40% 
 
Unit 3: 
Consumer Awareness Controlled Assessment 
20 hours 20% 
 
For more information click on the link for CCEA here 
 
Career Possibilities 
Consumerism 
Leisure 
Dietetics 
Nutritionist 
Environmental Health Officer 
Public Health Nutritionist 
Food Management and Supply 
Quality Management 
Food Technology 
Trading Standards Officer 
Hospitality Management 
Teaching 
 
Achievements 
By the end of Year 10 it is expected that all pupils will have a good knowledge of food and nutrition and how it relates to individuals. 
 
In Key Stage 4 pupils may opt for GCSE Applied Home Economics and as part of the course they will be entered for the Level 2 Food Safety in Catering Qualification. 
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