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 Home Economics 

Home Economics Department


The Home Economics Department prides itself in providing high quality teaching and learning experience for all pupils and this is reflected in our GCSE and A Level success.

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Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we hope to embed a love for food and spark an interest in the benefits to health and well-being based around food choice. We teach and develop practical skills that pupils will carry with them throughout their time at Fivemiletown College and beyond.

Topics delivered at Key Stage 3 include:

  • Hygiene and Safety in the Kitchen

  • The Eatwell Guide

  • Nutrition Through the Lifecycle

  • Food Provenance

  • Food Processing and Production

  • Food Poisoning and Storage

  • Marketing Strategies

  • Money Management

During practical lessons, students work to develop their skills, and create a wide variety of dishes including:

  • Soda Bread Pizza

  • Omelette

  • Cheats Carbonara

  • Apple Crumble

  • Apple Muffins

  • Chicken Curry

  • Sweet & Sour Chicken

  • Spaghetti Bolognaise

  • Christmas Cupcakes

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Extra – Curricular


At Key Stage 3 pupils also have the opportunity to take part in our extra-curricular Christmas Cookery Club, which is held during the months of November and December. It is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to develop their skills outside class time, increasing their knowledge, understanding and passion for Home Economics.

Throughout the year pupils have the opportunity to gain further knowledge and understanding through sessions delivered by The Livestock and Meat Commission and Royal Navy.  These are exciting and interactive sessions which enrich our pupils experience further.  Alongside developing practical skills, these sessions also provide excellent opportunity for further growth of group work and problem solving skills.

Key Stage 4 Food & Nutrition

GCSE Food & Nutrition is delivered by Mrs Gault. This subject encourages students to develop knowledge and understanding of the science behind food.

Topics include food provenance, food processing and production, macronutrients and micronutrients, government nutritional guidelines, and food safety. Students develop practical skills in food preparation, cooking and presentation.  This is a linear qualification and pupils are assessed at the end of Year 12.

Students also gain knowledge, understanding and skills in areas such as:

  • health issues associated with dietary and lifestyle choices

  • the factors affecting how we buy food, what we buy and what we waste

  • planning meals for people with specific nutritional and dietary needs.

With this qualification, students may choose to progress to A Level Health & Social Care. GCSE Food and Nutrition also provides an excellent foundation for a career in food-related industries.

Specification Summary:

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