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Larne Grammar School

Home Economics

Teaching Staff

  • Mrs. Megan Creighton BA hons, BSc, PGCE (Head of Department)
  • Mrs. Kathryn Blackwell BSc hons, PGCE
  • Miss. Lucy Rodgers BSc hons, PGCE
  • Mrs. Naomi McIlwaine BSC hons, PGCE
  • Mr. Stephen Gough BSc Hons, MSc, MEd, PGCE (Health and Social Care)
  • Miss. Sarah McMaster BTh hons PGCE (Health and Social Care)

Technical support

Mrs Wendy Crawford


Subject Overview

When we hear the term ‘Home Economics’ the first thing that pops into our head is cooking; however, there is so much more to the subject.  Home Economics combines aspects of science, nutrition, cooking, parenting skills and finance. By studying this subject pupils will gain knowledge about the inter-relationships between diet, health, family, choice and management of resources and the home.


Key Stage 3

Home Economics at Key Stage 3 is divided into three main key aspects:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Home and Family Life
  • Independent Living

All pupils study Home Economics in Years 8, 9 and 10 as one of the strands of Learning for Life and Work. They have the opportunity to examine the key aspects of Home Economics as well as developing their practical skills by creating dishes that are relevant to the theoretical lessons. Students are introduced to simple, useful dishes in practical lessons in year 8, and then progress to make more complex dishes throughout year 9 and 10. Students learn how to use equipment and become confident when using many pieces of large and small equipment. We try to include a practical lesson every other week.


yr 8 recipe book 1 19.pdf


yr 9 recipe book 1.pdf



yr 10 recipe book 1 20 1 .pdf



GCSE Food and Nutrition (CCEA)


The specification allows students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relating to the:

– nutritional content of foods;

– nutritional and dietary needs of specific groups and how to cater for them;

– health issues associated with dietary and lifestyle choices;

– factors affecting how we buy food, what we buy and what we waste;

– importance of food safety; and

– preparation of food, cooking and presentation of dishes


Specification summary:

Component 1: Food and Nutrition (Weighting: 50%)

External examination, 2 hours, includes multiple-choice, short and structured questions, and extended writing questions (first assessment Summer 2019)


Component 2: Practical Food and Nutrition (Weighting: 50%)

Controlled assessment: practical activity and a written element (first assessment Summer 2019)










AS and A Level

We offer 2 A levels:

Nutrition and Food Science (CCEA) and Health & Social Care (CCEA) 

A level Nutrition and Food Science and Health and Social Care

  • There are four assessment units: three externally assessed and one internally


  • The specification allows students to develop their subject knowledge, understanding and skills in nutrition and food science in relation to a work context.
  • Assessment at A level includes a range of question types, demanding evaluative

tasks, extended writing, and synoptic assessment that encourage students to develop their understanding of the subject.

  • The specification gives students a sound basis for progression to higher education.
  • A range of support material is available, including specimen assessment materials,

exemplar schemes of work and teacher guidance.


Specification Summary

AS 1: Principles of Nutrition

External exam, 1 hour 30 mins, 50% of AS, 20% of A level, available summer

AS 2: Diet, Lifestyle and Health

External exam, 1 hour 30 mins, 50% of AS, 20% of A level, available summer

A2 1: Option 2: Food Safety and Quality

External exam, 2 hours 30 mins, 30% of A level, available summer

A2 2: Research Project

Internal assessment (4000 words), 30% of A level, available summer



Health and Social Care

AS and A Level Health and Social Care (CCEA)

Pupils study an eclectic range of subjects relevant to employment in the health, social care and early years sectors of the economy. In the AS units, pupils develop an understanding of good quality care and effective communication. They also learn about the health and well-being of the population. At A2 pupils learn about how health and social care, and early years services, are tailored to meet the needs of specific service user groups. They may also have the opportunity to study physiology, and can develop research skills in topics relevant to health and social care, including health promotion.

Specification Summary

There are three compulsory units at AS. Units 1 and 2 are internally assessed, that is, they are marked by the teacher and moderated by CCEA. Unit 3 is externally assessed by a 2 hour examination.

At A2, Unit 3 is compulsory and is externally assessed by a 2 hour examination based on pre-release material. The award is completed by choosing any two of the remaining four A2 internal assessment units.


AS Units:

AS 1: Promoting Quality Care

Internal assessment worth 25% of AS and 10% of A level

AS 2: Communication in Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings

Internal assessment worth 25% of AS and 10% of A level

AS 3: Health and Well-Being

Examination worth 50% of AS and 20% of A Level



A2 Units:

A2 2: Body Systems and Physiological Disorders

Internal assessment worth 15% of A Level

A2 3: Providing Services

Examination worth 30% of A Level

A2 5: Supporting the Family

Internal assessment worth 15% of A Level



  • Cookery club is offered to KS3 pupils.
  • For KS4 and 5 pupils the Home Economics department offers lunch time revision classes in the summer term.
  • GCSE Food and Nutrition pupils enjoy visiting Loughry College in the summer term, to learn about the range of food industry courses available. Other relevant school trips and guest speakers are part of the KS3-5 learning process.
  • Chef of the week is awarded to two KS3 pupils every practical lesson. They receive a merit for this as a reward.
  • GCSE Food and Nutrition practical exam photographs are displayed on the school website.
  • Guest speakers are invited to a range of classes to talk to the pupils about their job role and links with the specification.
  • AS level Health and Social Care pupils visit local nursery schools as part of their internal assessment.



Food Technologist


Quality Manager

Nutritional Therapist


Food Safety Inspector

Laboratory Technician

Food Packaging Production Manager

Sports Nutritionist 



Nursery School Teacher

Mental Health Nurse

Social Worker

Health Promotion Specialist


Occupational Therapist

Residential Home Manager

Youth Worker



CCEA GCSE Food and Nutrition

CCEA AS and A LEVEL Nutrition and Food Science     


British Nutrition Foundation

Consumer Council NI

Food a fact of life 


CCEA AS and A-LEVEL Health and Social Care

Health and Social care NI