CDETB in Partnership with Educate Together

Home Economics



Measuring hidden sugars               Sewing

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Home Economics aims to equip young people with important skills for living as individuals and of establishing and developing a stable environment for their families. It builds on the pupils’ knowledge of different forms of home life and on their immediate experiences of making choices in relation to the organisation of their own lives. It encompasses studies of many of the processes which are necessary for day to day living, particularly within the household. As Home Economics is a very practical subject, you will carry out a lot of activities in school and at home and you will have a project to carry out in one of the areas. It is made up of 3 main areas:

Theory: is a core area of the subject overlapping the 2 practical areas. It includes learning about food and culinary skills, how food nourishes your body, how to choose it and store it.  Consumer studies, social and health studies, home and resource management.

Cookery: involves menu creation, food preparation and cooking

Textiles & Sewing: involves basic stitching, embroidery and the use of sewing machines to make household garments

Is studying Home Economics at post-primary anything like what I did in primary school?

In SPHE and in SESE (primary school Science), you will have learned about your body, how to care for it and the correct foods to eat. You will have made some items in Visual Arts which will be useful when you start sewing in class. You will have weighed and measured items and materials in Mathematics. You will also have studied topics related to the family in SESE (History, Geography and Science).

Will Home Economics have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying?

Yes, it will. You will find links with Science, SPHE, Physical Education, Art, Craft, Design and Business Studies.

Possible Career Opportunities:

Catering, Beautician, Child Care, Dietician, Social Worker, Hotel Management, Fashion and Textiles, Food Industry and Teaching.