Home Economics provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for managing their own lives at home, in further education and at work. It prepares students for a consumer-oriented society and provides a learning foundation for a wide range of careers in food, textiles, science, design, social studies and tourism.

Is Home Economics For Me?

Home Economics suits both the practical and academically minded student. A good Home
Economics student displays an interest in:

  • nutrition, consumerism, family and social issues
  • meal planning, cooking and getting value for money
  • managing money and resources
  • current affairs and social issues.

The core area includes:

  • Food Studies
  • Resource Management & Consumer Studies
  • Social Studies
There are three electives:-
  • Home, Design and Management
  • Textiles, Fashion and Design
  • Social Studies

It is the Social Studies elective that is completed in Fingal Community College.



Home Economics Scientific and Social is assessed at Ordinary and Higher Level, as follows:

  • a written examination paper (core 60% and elective 20%)
  • a food studies practical coursework journal (20%).

The food studies practical coursework journal is completed in 5th year. Five assignments must be completed. Each assignment involves (i) research (ii) preparation of a chosen dish and (iii) an evaluation. Full attendance in 5th Year is essential to complete this journal.

Some Questions you may ask:
Q. Will Home Economics be different from Junior Certificate?

Similar Junior Cert topics are covered. However a more in depth knowledge is required.

Q. Is there a cookery exam?

There is no cookery exam for Leaving Certificate.

Q. Is there any craft/textile project to complete?

No. You will learn about textiles in relation to the use of soft furnishings in the home.

Q. Can I join in Home Economics in 5th Year?

Priority is given to existing HE students. New students must be willing to study extremely hard to cover the work they have missed to JC level.

Q. Does Home Economics over lap with any other subjects?

Yes it is a very cross curricular subject. There are strong links with Business (Consumer Studies), Biology (digestion of nutrients), Chemistry (elemental composition of nutrients), History (development of the Irish Diet) and even Geography (the environment and urbanisation).

Q. What kind of homework and assessment will we get throughout the 2 years?

In 5th year a lot of the homework is based on the food studies practical coursework journal. Also, examinations papers are purchased in 5th year so that students can familiarise themselves with the type of questions being asked and revise topics thoroughly. Class tests are given at the end of each topic in 5th year but in 6th year weekly tests are given. This helps students to work consistently throughout the whole year and avoid unnecessary panic and stress.

Q. What careers/courses is Home Economics useful for?

Chef, catering, baker, confectionary, demonstrator of food, child care, hotel work, nutritionist, dietician, food safety and technology, health inspector, hospitality sector, teaching, business, consumer advisor, nursing, retail, social work, fashion, interior decorating, beautician, hairdressing, sales, parenthood and many more. Home Economics is a subject for life.

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