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Leaving Certificate

Home Economics

Career Zone
QQI
NFQ Level
Duration
2 Years

Summary

The Home Economics syllabus provides students with knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for managing their own lives, for further and higher education and work. The learning experiences in home economics develop flexibility and adaptability in students, prepare them for a consumer-oriented society and provide a learning foundation for a wide range of careers in food, textiles, science, design, social studies and tourism.

Why Study Home Economics

Students should study this subject in order to:

  • Be able to research, study, analyse and interpret material.
  • Be able and willing to learn Nutrition and Culinary skills.
  • Be able to communicate well.
  • Be organised.
  • Be able to discuss topics and work in teams.

Home Economics is a popular subject choice for Leaving Cert Students.

What kind of student would Home Economics suit?

This subject suits a practical student who enjoys making things, doing things and knowing how things work.

It is be advisable for students opting for Leaving Certificate Home Economics to have completed the Junior Certificate course.  Some of the areas covered on the Junior Cert Home Economics course are continued at Leaving Certificate level.

  • Practical cookery assessed through written exams only
  • Textile Electives—fashion design, social studies, home design and management
  • There is a lot more Sociology e.g. Family /marriage/ relationships/ family problems e.g. alcoholism, gambling, the elderly, housing, problems facing teenagers/ child care development
  • In-depth Study of Nutrition, Resource Management and Consumer Studies

Much of the course is theory based – students are often under the illusion that “it’s all cooking” and find it quite a shock when they realise even the Practical Section has to be written up and presented – because there is no Practical Examination as at Junior Cycle Level.

Recommendations/Tips

This is a wide-ranging course, covering many life skills areas. Students enjoy the subject but they must be willing to learn and to undertake what is quite a substantially theoretical subject.

There is both an Honours and Ordinary level within the subject.  Students can opt to take the written exam at Higher or Ordinary level, however the Coursework Journal is at a general level and is corrected as such.

There is also a link with other subjects: Biology, Business Studies and Building Construction. being aware of this cross-curricular advantage is helpful when choosing subjects.

This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors:

Grades Awarded

Marks Distribution 2019:

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 9730 students who sat the Higher Level Home Economics exam in 2019.

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 2272 students who sat the Ordinary Level Home Economics exam in 2019.

 

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Course Overview

The subject is an applied subject combining theory with practice. It is concerned with the management of resources (material and human) to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and economic needs of individuals and families. The study of home economics emphasises the interdependent relationships that exist between individuals, families and their immediate and distant environments.

Course Content

The syllabus consists of Core Areas and Three Electives:

The Core Areas
1. Food Studies - 45%
2. Resource Management and Consumer Studies - 25%
3. Social Studies - 10%

Electives
1. Home Design and Management - 20%
                  or
2. Textiles, Fashion and Design - 20%
                  or
3. Social Studies - 20%

Students opt for one elective area only.  Those choosing the Textiles, Fashion and Design elective must produce a garment which will be inspected and graded.

The elective areas are extensions of the content contained in the Core Areas and provide students with the opportunity to study certain topics in more depth.

As part of the Core Areas, a mandatory section comprises of Practical Coursework which must be completed during the two years and will be sent to the Department of Education and Science for inspection.  This is 20% of the final examination marks.

Exam Structure

The Leaving Certificate Home Economics syllabus is examined as follows:

1. Written Exam paper – 80%
The written examination consists of three sections:

Section A
12 short questions – Students answer 10. 
These deal mainly with all the core areas of practice. (60 marks allocated)

Section B
5 questions - Students are to answer Question 1 (Food Science and Nutrition) and any other 2 questions (from the other Core Areas).  (180 marks allocated)

Section C
3 questions - Students are to answer 1.
Elective question, based on which Elective was chosen to do in class.  (80 marks allocated)

2. Practical Coursework - 20%
This is worth 20% of the final mark; this is submitted in journal form earlier in the Leaving Certificate year.

Career Possibilities

This subject provides a good foundation for careers in a wide range of areas including Health, Nutrition, Education, Tourism, Textiles, Design, the Food industry, Science and Social Studies.

Career Guidance

Subject Group: Social

These subjects explore common issues faced by all people living in society. They develop the skills and knowledge used to manage personal resources and guide human behaviour.

Required for 3rd Level?

This subject is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system.

Interviews

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

David Kehoe, Chef
Maths, English, French, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Home Economics. All of them influenced my career as I need all of them eg. without maths I couldn't deal with the financial part of the job.

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Liz Christy, Textile Design/Handweaver
The subjects I took at shool all influenced me in different ways. English is very necessary in how I represent myself, Maths is oh so important in so many ways from yarn calculations to understanding numeric’s in business.

Art was very influential in my career path. I was introduced to Impressionism and Monet who is a major inspiration in my current work and marketing mix. 

I wish I was better at Irish and I would use it in my business marketing. History influenced how I relate to current affairs, Home Economics is vital in developing my needlecraft skills which is an important aspect of my business. 

Biology, well I do enjoy gardening as a hobby and my husband is a student psychiatric nurse so a knowledge of biology has come in useful over the years.

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Elaine Steiro, Franchisee

I took Art, Spanish, Business Studies & Home Economics.

I would say that they really didn't influence my career path, however, I did learn from my extra curricular activities that I liked working in groups and I could see how hard work paid off and was very fulfilling.

I would say that I would have liked more guidance and should have asked for more direction from people who could have pointed out my strengths to me earlier...

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