All students study the theory and practical aspects of Home Economics which can lead them into studying GCSE Child Development.

Key Stage 3

In Home Economics students have the opportunity to develop many skills which will prepare them for independent living.  It is a practical subject that can enhance their wellbeing through the understanding of food choice, nutritional health, consumer issues and relationships.  Students are given the opportunity to develop their culinary skills and are able to make informed decisions about relevant consumer issues that may relate to them or their family and communities.  Students enjoy working with others to prepare and make dishes that they can bring home for their family to sample.


Students follow the CCEA GCSE Home Economics: Child Development course covering a broad, coherent course on the development of babies and children up to the age of five years.  This allows students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in key areas such as pregnancy, child birth and the caring of a new born baby. They also research the social, physical, intellectual, communication and emotional development of small children, including their dietary, health and educational needs. Students develop subject specific skills such as evaluating feeding options for a baby as well as decision making and evaluating suitable childcare options such as day nurseries and child minders. 


Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity of caring for a simulator baby for a day.  This gives the students practical experience in looking after a new born baby and reinforces some of the theory covered in the course.

Where to next?

The GCSE Home Economics: Child Development qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through Key Stage 3 Home Economics.  It also prepares students for further study in child health and education as well as many aspects in the field of medicine and health.