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Key Stage 3 Overview

Home Economics at Key Stage 3 is part of Learning for Life and Work. In Years 8, 9 and 10

pupils get the opportunity to examine key concepts in relation to healthy eating, home and

family life and independent living. Each year is divided into a series of units which are

designed to be enjoyable, challenging and relevant for our young people. A wide range of

practical cookery is built into each unit of work so that pupils can develop a range of

important skills such as working with others, thinking for themselves, cooking skills and

using equipment. Practical cookery is enjoyed greatly by all pupils in Key Stage 3 and is a

wonderful opportunity for them to develop healthy attitudes to food whilst learning some life-

long skills.

GCSE Overview

GCSE Home Economics is a very relevant and interesting subject which provides pupils with the opportunity to prepare them for the responsibilities, opportunities and experiences of adult life. The current specification contains two main components, Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness.

Diet and Health

Within this section, pupils get the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for providing healthy diets for family members throughout life.

Consumer awareness

In this section pupils will get the opportunity to apply knowledge, understanding and skills as discerning and effective mangers of resources.

A-Level Overview

The Department offers two courses: GCE Home Economics and Applied A-Level Health and Social Care.

Home Economics (CCEA)

This course consists of four units and builds on the knowledge and skills learnt in GCSE Home Economics.

Year 13

AS1 - Nutrition for optimal health

External assessment

AS 2 - Priority health issues

External assessment

Year 14

A2 1- Consumer issues

External assessment

AS 2 - Priority health issues

External assessment

 

Health and Social Care (OCR)

The aim of this course is to encourage students to develop an interest in health, early-years care and education, social care and issues affecting the care sector. This course allows students to develop skills that will enable them to make an effective contribution to the care sector, including skills of research, evaluation and problem-solving in a work related context. This course prepares the students for further study and training in the area of health and social care.

 

Year 13

Unit 1: Promoting quality care

External examination

Unit 2: Communication in care settings

Internal portfolio

Unit 3: Promoting good health

Internal portfolio

 

Year 14

Unit 10: Care practice and provision

Internal portfolio

Unit 14: Mental health

Internal portfolio

Unit 15 : Human Behaviour *

External examination


*Subject to change

 
 

Staff

Mrs Sharon McKee (Head of Department)

Miss Patricia Garrett

Mrs Carol Macleod

Technician: Mrs Katy Carson

“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.”

Josh Billings

The Home Economics Department aims:

 To help pupils explore their own health in a practical context while enhancing their potential to live a healthy lifestyle and make responsible choices about their diet and food.

 To allow pupils to be more aware of values and lifestyles that are different from their own and help them make informed decisions with regards to family relationships.

 To give pupils an awareness of themselves as consumers in a changing economy and help them to understand the importance of becoming a discerning consumer.

 To give pupils the opportunity to develop their skills to prepare them for independent living.