Home Economics


Mrs A Mooney (Head Of Department) 
Mrs B McFadden (HE Technician)

 HE Department Image

Key Stage 3

Students study Home Economics in Years 9 and Years 10. There are three concepts in the Programme of study:

  • Healthy Eating- students explore their health in a practical context, enhancing their potential to live a healthy lifestyle and make responsible choices about their diet and food.
  • Home and Family- this provides opportunities for students to understand the importance of the family as a caring unit by developing an awareness of parenting skills and the changing needs of family members at different stages of the lifecycle.
  • Independent Living- this allows students to recognise the importance of becoming discerning consumers. It involves investigating factors that influence consumer choices and decisions. Students also investigate consumer rights and responsibilities.

Students enjoy preparing a variety of healthy and nourishing dishes on a regular basis and appreciate the importance of diet in the health and well-being of individuals.


Child Development focuses on the study of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of young children from conception to the age of five years. It encourages knowledge and understanding of pregnancy, the needs of young children, the roles and responsibilities of parents, and the social and environmental influences affecting family life.

Students taking GCSE Child Development will follow the CCEA specification. This course has 60% controlled assessment which is taken over the two years. At the end of Year 11 the students will take one module at GCSE and also at the end of Year 12. Both written papers are worth 40% in total.

Child Development is an excellent course to study if you are going to follow a career as a primary school teacher, nurse, midwife, child psychologist, speech therapist, paediatrician, health visitor and many roles in the field of medicine. As well as these chosen careers it is a subject that will be of benefit to everyone later on in their life.

Extra Curricular

An after school cookery club is offered to Year 8s by the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum to promote and encourage healthy eating in young people.

Other articles of interest:

March 2017

AS Irish Workshop UU

» 3rd March 2017

Year 12 Retreat

» 6th March 2017

Year 14 Retreat

» 7th March 2017

Year 8 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 7th March 2017 at 1:00 - 3:30pm

Reconciliation Day

» 8th March 2017

Fainne Airgid

» 10th March 2017

Saturday Morning School

» 11th March 2017

Unity Project 10A and 10E

» 13th March 2017

PTA / Student Council - Irish Night

» 14th March 2017 at 8pm

Year 14 Spanish Debate QUB

» 14th March 2017

Aifreann La Feile Padraig

» 15th March 2017

Exceptional Closure

» 16th March 2017

Year 11 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 16th March 2017 at 9:00am - 11:30am

Year 13 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 16th March 2017 at 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Silver DoE Expedition

» 16th March 2017

St Patrick's Day Holiday

» 17th March 2017

History Berlin Trip

» 17th March 2017 ~ 20th March 2017

Year 12 GCSE PE Moderation

» 21st March 2017

Netball Finals

» 22nd March 2017

Saturday Morning School

» 25th March 2017

Bronze DoE

» 25th March 2017

A2 Irish Work Shop UU

» 31st March 2017