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Junior Home Economics

Welcome to the Home Economics Department!

Home Economics is an important subject as it has a direct relevance to the present and future life of every young person.  Common issues faced by all people living in society are explored.

  • It is also concerned with the way individuals and families manage their resources to meet physical, emotional, intellectual, social and economic needs.
  • It prepares students of both sexes for life in a consumer-oriented society.
  • It provides a good knowledge and skills-based learning foundation for those seeking employment in a wide range of careers.  It is extremely suitable for those of you who are interested in a career in hospitality, the food industry, textiles or the care industry.

 What’s happening in Home Economics?

Junior Certificate groups are engaging in a variety of practical cookery lessons. These include sweet and savoury dishes that make the most of local, seasonal and cost effective ingredients.

Students are developing a wide range of skills that include hygiene, safety, knife skills, and correct preparation of ingredients and use of kitchen technologies.

They are also preparing craft items as part of their Junior Certificate coursework; some of these skills include cross-stitch, embroidery, applique and patchwork.

Subject Overview 

Home Economics combines aspects of Science, Nutrition, Consumer and Social Studies as well as practical Culinary and Textile Skills. Students learn about the inter-relationships between diet, health, family, home and resource management.

Home Economics provides students with knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for managing their own lives, for further and higher education and work (Food Industry, Clothing Textile and Craft Industries, Tourism and Social and Health Services).

Junior Cycle Home Economics

The syllabus structure consists of two sections:

A common course of five areas of study:

  1. Food Studies and Culinary Skills
  2. Consumer Studies
  3. Social and Health Studies
  4. Resource Management and Home Studies
  5. Textile Studies

 One optional study from a choice of three:

  1. Childcare
  2. Design and Craftwork
  3. Textile Skills


The subject is assessed as follows:


Areas of assessment

Higher Level

(% of total grade)

Ordinary Level

(% of total grade)

Written Exam



Food and Culinary Skills Exam



Optional Study Project





Cross-Curricular Links

Home Economics is beneficial when studying the following subjects: Art, Business Studies, CSPE, English, Geography, Materials Technology Wood, Maths, Religion, Science, SPHE and Technical Graphics.

Click here to visit Junior Cycle curriculum