Home Economics

Home Economics

Including Home Economics in Learning for Life and Work endorses the contribution it makes to preparing young people for independent living. In Home Economics pupils acquire knowledge, understanding and practical skills in areas such as diet and food choice, family relationships and parenting and financial and consumer awareness.

The skills, knowledge and understanding developed through studying Home Economics are important in today’s society, where:

  • many people rely on ready-made meals;
  • obesity is an increasing problem; and
  • diet-related illness is prevalent.

Pupils have the opportunity to explore these issues in context, leading them to develop a range of transferable and cross-curricular skills.

At Key Stage 3, the Home Economics strand focuses on three key concepts:

  • Healthy Eating;
  • Home and Family Life; and
  • Independent Living.

For further details see the Statutory Requirement for Home Economics and the Non-Statutory Guidance for Home Economics.

Key Elements

Home Economics is underpinned by the Key Elements of Personal Health, Mutual Understanding, Cultural Understanding and Economic Awareness.


For more information om Key Stage 3 Home Economics, contact:

Kathryn Gilbert
(028) 9026 1200 extension 2632



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Assessing Using ICT Assessing Using ICT

This case study shows how one school chose to use the CCEA STEM Futures as a starting point for developing curriculum and assessment links between collaborating departments.

Zest Zest

Guidance for newly qualified and non-specialist Home Economics teachers.

Teen Building Teen Building

Teen Building is a new Home Economics resource which explores the emotional and nutritional needs of teenagers. It also gives pupils the opportunity to practise and develop practical cookery skills.

STEM Futures: Home Economics Resource STEM Futures: Home Economics Resource

This STEM resource features videos from Fivemiletown Creamery and Home Economics resources about the agri-foods industry.

LLW Integrated Activities

Food Miles (Home Economics / Employability) 5.4 MB - uploaded 21-04-2015

Food Miles (Resource 1) 120 KB - uploaded 21-04-2015

Useful Links

Please review all links to judge their suitability before using them with your class.

Food – a fact of life foodafactoflife.org.uk Provides a wealth of free resources about healthy eating, cooking, food and farming for children and young people aged 3 to 18 years.

Food4Life food4life.org.uk An interactive, internet-based resource designed to support teaching the Northern Ireland Home Economics Curriculum for Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and A Level. The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) for Northern Ireland developed Food4Life. It is committed to serving the red meat industry in Northern Ireland.