Welcome to St Mary's Home Economics Department! In the Department we aim to meet the overall objectives of the Northern Ireland Curriculum i.e. to develop pupils as individuals, as contributors to society and as contributors to the economy and the environment by:

  • Helping them explore their health in a practical context
  • Promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle
  • Encouraging them to make responsible choices about their diet and health
  • Making them aware of values and lifestyles different from their own
  • Helping them to make reasoned judgements about family relationships
  • Giving them an awareness of themselves as consumers in a changing economy.
  • Home Economics is part of the curriculum for all pupils at Key Stage 3. Pupils have two forty-minute lessons per week. They will experience both practical and written work in a very modern, 'state of the art' Home Economics Department. We try to motivate and engage pupils by providing opportunities for them to explore real problems related to Healthy Eating, Family Life, and Independent Living. Pupils will develop practical skills in a safe, hygienic, healthy, and creative use of foods to enable them to plan, prepare, cook, and serve a range of dishes: an important aspect of Home Economics!


  • Mrs C McGowan-Lees H.O.D.
  • Miss D Jamison
  • Mrs T McNamara
  • Mrs Janet Blair – Food Technician


In St Marys College Home Economics pupils during their lessons develop ‘Subject Knowledge’, ‘Practical Food Skills’, ‘Cross Curricular Skills’ as well as ‘Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities’. It is a wonderful subject through which many skills can be developed.

Home Economics Area of Study at KS3.

Home Economics is made up of three main areas of study:

• Diet and Health

• Home and Family Life

• Independent Living.

Pupils develop Cross Curricular Skills through studying Home Economics:

• Communication

• Using ICT

• Using Maths.

Pupils develop 'Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities', through Studying Home Economics:

• Working with Others

• Managing Information

• Self-Management

• Thinking ,Problem Solving, Decision Making

• Being Creative.


CCEA Home Economics and Child Development are both available to study. Child Development Pupils will learn about:
  • The responsibilities of parenthood;
  • Childcare provision;
  • Stages of pregnancy;
  • Preparation for birth & delivery;
  • Ante natal care & the newborn baby;
  • Post-natal care of the baby & mother;
  • Stages and factors of physical, emotional, social & intellectual development;
  • Learning through play;
  • Childhood illnesses;
  • Family planning;
  • Principles of a healthy diet before & during pregnancy;
  • The dietary needs of a baby, toddler & child;
  • Food safety for pregnant mother & child;
  • Keeping a child safe;
  • Choice of clothing & footwear;
  • Choice of equipment
  • Sources of information and support available for mothers and children.
Assessment Written Paper - 2 x 1 hour papers worth a total of 40% - A mixture of long (extended) and short questions – you have to recall facts and apply your knowledge to answer questions. Coursework worth 60% – 2 Controlled Assessment Tasks Home Economics: Pupils will learn about:
  • The concept of family;
  • The classification and functions in the body of a range of nutrients;
  • The nutritional needs of family at key stages of the life cycle;
  • energy from foods;
  • Current nutritional advice & the implications for health & lifestyle;
  • Planning healthy meals to meet the dietary needs of family members throughout the lifecycle;
  • Special diets;
  • The effect of food storage, preparation & cooking on nutrients
  • Convenience foods;
  • The safety of food;
  • Shopping;
  • Factors which influence consumers choice of food and equipment relating to the storage, preparation and cooking of food;
  • Information about food & equipment available to consumers
  • Legislation as a source of information & consumer protection.
Assessment 1 Written Paper worth 40% - Has a mixture of long (extended) and short questions – you have to recall facts and apply your knowledge to answer the questions. Coursework worth 60% – 2 controlled Assessment Tasks.

Examination Performance

The Department have continued their great success rate in CCEA, GCSE Child Development with 78.4 % of the students entered achieving Grades A*- ‘C in June 2019. At present, we have two classes of GCSE Child Development students in Year 12. We wish all our students every success for 2021.