Subject Overview

Home Economics at Junior Cert level is a subject where you will learn how to take care of yourself, others, your home and your environment.  As Home Economics is a very practical subject, you will carry out a lot of activities in school and at home.


The syllabus is based on a core of five areas of study that will be studied by all students and one optional study, 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

The optional study allows students the opportunity to undertake a more detailed study of one area of the core.

One optional study may be chosen from the following three:

  • Childcare
  • Design and craftwork
  • Textile skills (an extension of textile studies)


What will I learn in Home Economics?

Some of the things you will learn about are:

  • your body - what is good to eat and how to keep healthy
  • food - how it nourishes your body, how to choose it, store it, and how to prepare and cook it
  • using money - how to spend it wisely, how to save it, and how you are protected as a consumer
  • your home - about design in the home, about safety and hygiene
  • design and craftwork, child development, textiles - you will carry out a project in one of these areas.



Junior Certificate Home Economics is assessed, at ordinary and higher level, through three different methods of assessment:


Higher level

Ordinary level

Food studies practical examination



An elective study project



A terminal written examination




What is the Home Economics Junior Certificate exam like?

In Junior Certificate Home Economics you will be examined in three ways:

  • coursework – With the help of your teacher, you will choose a project from one of the following areas: Child Development, Design and Craftwork or Textiles Skills.
  • a practical cookery exam - You will have a one and a half hour practical cookery exam which involves preparing and cooking food.
  • a written examination - You will also have a written exam, which you can take at higher or ordinary level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.
















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