Home Economics

What is Home Economics

Junior Cycle Home Economics develops the knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary achieve optimal, healthy and sustainable living for every person as an individual, and as a member of families and society. It is studied through three interconnected strands: Food, Health and Culinary Skills; Responsible Family Living; and, Textiles and Craft. 

During the three years students will complete two classroom based assessments (CBA’s), a practical cookery exam and a written exam.

CBA 1 - Creative Textiles

Students will, over an 8 -10 week period in 2nd year, make or recycle/upcycle a textile item for the home or for an individual with support/guidance from the teacher

Deadline; end of April

The class teacher will mark the work provisionally and then the whole department will meet to ensure everyone is marking to the same standard.

CBA 2 - Food Literacy Skills Brief

It is linked to the practical food skills exam. Students will use the design brief approach to demonstrate their culinary and creative food literacy skills and nutritional knowledge in researching, analysing and planning of a food literacy skills brief for everyday living. This takes place during the months of December and January in 3rd year.

The class teacher will mark the work provisionally and then the whole department will meet to ensure everyone is marking to the same standard.

Practical Food Skills exam

The students will complete a practical exam based on their Food Literacy Skills brief in either March or April in 3rd year. This is marked by the State Examinations Commission and is worth 50% of the final mark.

Written Examination

Students will sit a written examination of 1.5 hour duration. The written examination will take place at the end of 3rd year. In any year, the learning outcomes to be assessed will constitute a sample of the relevant outcomes from the tables of learning outcomes. The final examination will be set and marked by the State Examinations Commission.  It is worth 50% of the final mark.

For all information relating to Junior Cycle Home Economics assessment can found here.

Leaving Certificate Home Economics

The Home Economics syllabus provides students with knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for managing their own lives, for further and higher education and work. The learning experiences in home economics develop flexibility and adaptability in students, prepare them for a consumer-oriented society and provide a learning foundation for a wide range of careers in food, textiles, science, design, social studies and tourism.

Subject Content

The syllabus consists of Core Areas and Three Electives:

The Core Areas

1. Food Studies - 45%
2. Resource Management and Consumer Studies - 25%
3. Social Studies - 10%


1. Home Design and Management - 20%
2. Textiles, Fashion and Design - 20%
3. Social Studies - 20%

Students opt for one Elective area only. 

The Elective areas are extensions of the content contained in the Core Areas and provide students with the opportunity to study certain topics in more depth.  As part of the Core Areas, a mandatory section comprises of Practical Coursework which must be completed during the two years and will be sent to the Department of Education and Science for inspection in early November of the last year.  This is 20% of the final examination marks.

Exam Structure

The Leaving Certificate Home Economics (Social and Scientific) revised syllabus is examined as follows:

1. Written Exam paper – 80%

The written examination consists of three sections:

Section A 
12 short questions – Students answer 10.  These deal mainly with all the core areas of practice. (60 marks allocated)

Section B 
5 questions - Students are to answer Question 1 (Food Science and Nutrition) and any other 2 questions (from the other Core Areas).  (180 marks allocated)

Section C 
3 questions - Students are to answer 1. Elective question, based on which Elective was chosen to do in class.  (80 marks allocated)

2. Practical Coursework - 20%

This is worth 20% of the final mark and this is submitted in journal form earlier in the Leaving Certificate year.