Home Economics makes a major contribution to the school timetable, as one of the main subjects within the area of Learning for Life and Work of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.
All pupils in Key Stage 3 study Home Economics. The integrated approach adopted by the subject affords pupils the opportunity to explore inter-relationships between diet and health, the family and choice and management of resources. Pupils develop a wide range of skills and experiences through practical and theory lessons which allow for active participation, critical thinking and decision making. Group and paired work are widely used in Home Economics, so pupils develop their social skills and see the benefits of teamwork. The practical element allows pupils to create an outcome within their lesson; leading to an immediate sense of achievement thus building self-esteem and confidence.
In Key Stage 4 pupils can continue to study one or a combination of subjects taught within the department namely: GCSE Food and Nutrition, GCSE Child Development, Occupational Studies or Pearson BTEC Home Cooking Skills Level 1.
At Key Stage 5 pupils are offered AS and A2 Double Award and Single Award Health and Social Care as an option. GCSE and A Level subjects are delivered via CCEA examination board.