Home Economics

Home economics aims to develop students’ knowledge, attitudes, understanding, skills and values to achieve optimal, healthy and sustainable living for every person as an individual and as a member of families and society. The learning experiences in home economics develop flexibility and adaptability in students and provide a learning foundation for a wide range of careers in food, textiles, science, design, social studies and tourism. It is concerned with the management of resources (material and human) to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and economic needs of individuals and families. It equips students with the lifeskills needed for an ever changing modern world.

Junior Certificate:


The core syllabus is based on five areas of study and one optional study chosen from a choice of three.


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

Optional study

  • Childcare
  • Design and craftwork
  • Textile skills


Junior Certificate Home Economics is assessed through three different methods of assessment:

  Higher level Ordinary level
Food studies practical examination 35% 45%
An elective study project 15% 15%
A terminal written examination 50% 40%

Junior Certificate Practical Food Skills Examination

The new Junior Certificate Home Economics programme will be introduced for first year students in the academic year 2018/2019. The new Junior Certificate Course is composed of three strands:

  • Food, Health and Culinary skills,
  • Responsible Family Living
  • Textiles and Craft.

 To give further emphasis to the integrated nature of learning in Home Economics, the learning outcomes for each of the strands are grouped by reference to four elements:

  • Individual and family empowerment,
  • Health and Wellbeing,
  • Sustainable and responsible living
  • Consumer competence.


The assessment of home economics for the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement will comprise of 2 classroom based assessments: Creative Textiles and a Food Literacy Skills brief, a practical food skills examination and a written examination. All assessments will be at a common level. The second Classroom Based Assessment will include preparation for the practical food skills examination. The practical food skills examination and the written examination will be marked by the State Examinations Commission

Leaving Certificate:

The core syllabus is based on three areas of study and one elective chosen from a choice of three.

  • Food studies
  • Resource management and consumer studies
  • Social studies

Elective Options:

  • Home design and management
  • Textiles, fashion and design
  • Social studies


Assessment will be in the form of a terminal written examination paper (80%) and an assessment of practical coursework (20%), which is an integral part of the study of home economics. There will also be an assessment of practical work for those candidates who study the textiles, fashion and design elective.

Career Options:

Leaving Certificate Home Economics prepares students for a range of career opportunities

Possible career paths include:

  • Home Economics Education
  • Hospitality and catering Industry
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Healthcare
  • Textiles, Fashion and Design industry