Why study Home Economics?

Home Economics is offered as an option for both Junior and Leaving Certificate at Tullamore College.

Why study Home Economics?

Home Economics provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for living as individuals and as members of a family. In this time of rapid social change, the study of Home Economics is highly relevant. It prepares young people for the opportunities and challenges they will meet in the course of their lives, by giving them vital social, creative and management skills.

Rationale for Junior Certificate Home Economics
·         Home Economics has a clear link to the present and future life of every young person.
·         The purpose of Home Economics is to equip young people with important skills for living as individuals and within a family environment. It includes studies of many of the processes which are needed for day to day living.
·         The main areas focus on the basic human needs for food, clothing, shelter and personal relationships. There is a strong interrelationship between these areas and they underpin all aspects of the curriculum.
·         Home Economics strives to build students’ knowledge of different forms of home life and to assist them in making choices in relation to the organisation of their lives.
·         Emphasis throughout the programme is placed on management, creativity and living skills. This is to make sure young people doing this programme will be equipped for personal independence and be able to take a shared responsibility in the household and community in which he/she lives.
Rationale for Leaving Certificate Home Economics
·         Home Economics (Scientific and Social) is a subject which combines theory and practical learning. It helps students to develop problem solving skills and an understanding of the subject matter. It is focused on how individuals and families manage their resources in order to meet physical, emotional, intellectual, social and economic needs and endeavours to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to be able to adapt themselves to life situations.
·         The many experiences and situations encountered in Home Economics allow the students to be flexible and adaptable to the many changes in modern life. It prepares and influences students of both sexes for the driven society in which we now live. The syllabus prepares students for a vast range of careers varying from the food industry to health and social services and beyond.
·         Home Economics creates an awareness of the environment in which we live. It makes us aware of how our activities affect the environment and shows how we can create and sustain a better environment for everyone.

The Junior Certificate syllabus is based on a core of five areas of study that will be studied by all students and one optional study, from a choice of three.

Food studies and culinary skills
Consumer studies
Social and health studies
Resource management and home studies
Textile studies.

Optional study
The optional study allows students the opportunity to undertake a more detailed study of one area of the core.One optional study may be chosen from the following three:
1. Childcare
2.Design and craftwork
3. Textile skills is an extension of textile studies.
Higher Level
Ordinary Level
Food Studies(Practical)
Written exam
Junior Certificate Home Economics is assessed at Ordinary and Higher Level.

The Leaving Certificate 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, house design, fashion design, social studies and tourism. 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.

The syllabus is based on a core of three areas of study that is studied by all students and one elective area, from a choice of three.

Food studies – 45%
Resource management and consumer studies – 25%
Social studies – 10%

1. Home Design and Management – 20%

2. Textiles, Fashion and Design – 20%
3. Social Studies – 20%
Students opt for one Elective area only.
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.

Leaving Certificate Home Economics-Scientific and Social is assessed, at Ordinary and Higher level, as follows:

Exam Structure

The Leaving Certificate Home Economics (Social and Scientific) revised 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 – as stated already; this is submitted in journal form earlier in the Leaving Certificate year.
Home Economics Department
Fiona Graham (B.Ed Home Economics) Department Coordinator
Mary Dunstan (B.Ed Home Economics)
Kelly Doolan (B.Ed Home Economics)
Career Opportunities Relating to Home Economics………
B.Ed Home Economics (Teaching Career)
Interior Design
Social Care
Tourism and Catering
Fashion Design
Food Product Development
Environmental health officer
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