Home economics is a subject combining theory with practice that is concerned with the way individuals and families manage their resources to meet physical, emotional, intellectual, social and economic needs.

All first year students complete Home Economics for a double class weekly in their first year in school and then may opt to study it to Junior Certificate (Higher or Ordinary level) before progressing to Leaving Certificate (Higher or Ordinary level). Throughout the course students develop practical ability through direct experiences.

In a time of rapid social change, the study of Home Economics is very relevant to the present and future social, creative and management needs and skills for living that are so vital to preparing every young person for the opportunities and challenges, which they will meet in the course of their lives. Home Economics provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for living as individuals and as members of a family.


Junior Certificate Home Economics

At Junior Certificate Level the Home Economics syllabus is divided as follows;


  • Food studies and culinary skills
  • Consumer studies
  • Social and health studies
  • Resource management and home studies
  • Textile Studies

Optional study

The optional study allows students the opportunity to undertake a more detailed study of one area of the core. One optional study may be chosen from the following three:

  • Design and craftwork
  • Childcare
  • Textile skills


Junior Certificate Home Economics is assessed, at Ordinary and Higher Level, through three different methods of assessment:

Higher Level

  • Food Studies Practical 35%
  • Elective study project 15%
  • Written exam 50%

Ordinary Level

  • Food Studies Practical 45%
  • Elective study project 15%
  • Written exam 40%


Links with other subjects

Home Economics links with Science, Business Studies, SPHE and Art, Craft and Design.




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