• KS3 Home Economics
• Single Award Health & Social Care
• Btec Level 2 Diploma Health and Social Care
• G.C.S.E Hospitality
• G.C.S.E Child Development
• Occupational Studies – Patisserie

Departmental Members

• Mrs N. O'Prey – Head of Department
• Miss S. Flynn
• Mrs L. Hewitt
• Mrs I. Murray (Technician)

General Aims of the Department/Curricular Area

Key Stage Three
Home Economics aims to equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and values that will help them to make appropriate lifestyle choices. It makes a significant contribution to the overall aim of the Northern Ireland Curriculum:
'The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives.'
(CCEA, 2007a, page 4)
Studying Home Economics equips young people to make healthy choices, shop wisely and become independent members of society. At Key Stage 3, Home Economics is a contributory part within Learning for Life and Work. It gives pupils the skills they need to lead effective lives as individuals, family members and as part of the wider community.
The skills, knowledge and understanding developed through studying Home Economics are important in today's society, where:
• many people rely on ready-made meals;
• obesity is an increasing problem; and
• diet-related illness is prevalent.
Pupils have the opportunity to explore these issues in context, leading them to develop a range of transferable and cross-curricular skills. As schools develop their Home Economics curriculum, pupils should have opportunities to learn about:
• Healthy Eating;
• Home and Family Life; and
• Independent Living.

KS4 G.C.S.E Child Development
This specification focuses on the study of the physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of young children from conception to the age of five years.
Students gain knowledge and understanding of:
 pregnancy;
 the needs of young children;
 the roles and responsibilities of parents;
 the social and environmental influences that affect family life;
 how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle;
 Home Economics skills (including practical skills);
 human needs in a multicultural society; and
 relevant technological and scientific developments.
This specification encourages students to adopt a critical and analytical approach to decision-making and problem-solving. Students evaluate choices and decisions and become informed and discerning consumers.

KS4 G.C.S.E Hospitality
Through studying our GCSE in Hospitality, students develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the Hospitality Industry. In particular, they learn about:
 how Hospitality organisations operate;
 how the Hospitality Industry meets people's needs;
 the products and services offered by the hospitality industry;
 employment possibilities in Hospitality;
 the importance of quality and customer service in the Hospitality Industry;
 basic food hygiene practices; and
 the skills required to provide food and drink for customers.
Students develop the core skills required for working in the hospitality industry and transferable skills that are important in working life.
This specification provides opportunities for students to progress into further education, training and/or employment in the hospitality industry. Many students with a qualification in GCSE Hospitality go on to have successful careers as chefs, waiters, front office managers, events managers and/or account managers and independent business traders.

AS & A2 Health & Social Care
In GCE Health and Social Care, students learn about health and well-being, child development and human behaviour. Students study care services including traditional and holistic therapies. They examine the rights and responsibilities of both patients and service providers. Students also look at the importance of communication in care settings and how positive care can be promoted.
Through practical activities, students apply their knowledge and understanding to work-related contexts and develop research, evaluation and problem-solving skills.
What can students do with a qualification in Health & Social Care?
This is an ideal course for students who want a broad background in health and social care. Many students with a qualification in GCE Health and Social Care go on to degree-level study in a variety of subjects such as Health Studies, Social Policy, Social Science, Social Studies, Psychology, Nursing and/or Social Work. Other students go on to complete a BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care. Some students go straight into employment in the fields of Health and Social Care.

BTEC LEVEL 2 Diploma Health & Social Care

The 60-credit Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus of the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for employment in the appropriate vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a particular area of work. It is broadly equivalent to four GCSEs.

Key Features of the BTEC Firsts in Health and Social Care
The BTEC Firsts in Health and Social Care have been developed to:
• provide education and training for health and social care employees
• give opportunities for health and social care employees to achieve a nationally-recognised Level 2 vocationally-specific qualification
• give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the health and social care sector or to progress to vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Health and Social Care
• give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Key Stage 4 Programmes of Study
G.C.S.E Child Development
Year 11
Child Development

Year 11
Child Development

Year 12
Child Development

Year 12
Child Development
Unit 1 External Exam

Unit 4 – Short Task
Controlled Assessment

Unit 2 – External Exam

Unit 3 – Investigative Task Controlled Assessment
1 Hour


1 Hour





G.C.S.E Hospitality
Subject Assessment Format Duration Weighing of Marks
Year 11
Hospitality Unit 2
External Exam 1 hour 30 Min 20%
Year 11
Hospitality Unit 3
Controlled Assessment
Logbook Portfolio 24%
Year 12
Hospitality Unit 1
External Exam 1 hour 30 Min 20%
Year 12
Hospitality Unit 3
Controlled Assessment 36%
Year 12
Occupational Studies
Patisserie 100% Practical 100%

Key Stage 5
AS Health and Social Care (CCEA)
Unit Assessment Duration Weighting of Marks
AS Unit 1
Promoting Positive Care Portfolio 1 Year 33.3%
AS Unit 2
Communication Portfolio Compulsory 1 Year 33.3%
AS Unit 3
Health and Well - Being External Assessment
(Compulsory) 2 hours Exam 33.3%

A2 Health and Social Care (CCEA)
Unit Assessment Format Duration Weighting of Marks
A2 Unit 8
Monitoring Body Systems Portfolio 1 Year 33.3%
A2 Unit 9
Providing Services External Assessment
(Compulsory) 2 Hour exam
(Pre – Release Material) 33.3%
A2 Unit 11
Support the Family External Assessment
(Compulsory) 1 Year 33.3%

Btec level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care
Unit Title Credit Level
1 Communication in Health and Social Care. 5 2
2 Individual Rights in Health and social Care. 5 2
3 Individual Needs in Health and social Care. 5 2
4 Ensure safe Environment in Health and Social Care 5 2

Unit Optional Units
(choose four units)

5 Vocational Experience in a Health or Social care Setting* 10 2
6 Cultural Diversity in Health and Social Care. 10 2
7 Anatomy and Physiology for health and Social Care 10 2
11 The Impact of Diet on Health 10 2

Extra-curricular Activities
• After School Cookery Club
• Cookery Competitions – Young Cook of the Year
• Sixth Form Enrichment courses
• Assisting in Events Management
• Examination Workshops
• Portfolio Clinics

Career Opportunities
There is a diverse range of career opportunities stemming from Home Economics, Health & Social care and Hospitality based subjects including:
• Nursing
• Speech and Language Therapist
• Social Work
• Dietetics
• Radiographer
• Physiotherapy
• Food Technology
• Catering
• Teaching
• Nutrition
• Childcare
• Health Visitor
• Nursery Nurse
• Carers in the Ambulance Service
• Consumerism
• Marketing
• Midwifery
• Environmental Health
• Health and Safety Officer
• Care Manager/Assistant
• Dental Nurse
• Careers Advisor
• Hotel Management

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