Home Economic Department

Junior Certificate Home Economics:
The Junior Certificate Home Economics Syllabus has been designed to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for living as independent individuals and as members of a family.

home ec emma deeryWhat will I learn in Junior Cycle Home Economics?
There are a variety of topics covered in the Junior Certificate Home Economics course. There are five different core sections which include:
1. Food studies
2. Consumer studies
3. Social and Health
4. Resource Management and Home Studies
5. Textile Studies 

What is the Home Economics Junior Certificate exam like?
In Junior Certificate Home Economics students will be examined in three ways:

  1. A written examination – students will also have a written exam, which you can take at Higher or Ordinary level.
  2. A practical cookery exam – students will have a one and a half hour practical cookery exam which involves preparing and cooking food
  3. Coursework – with help of your teacher, students will choose a project from one of the following areas:
  • Child Development
  • Design and Craftwork
  • Textiles Skills

Leaving Certificate Home Economics:
The Leaving Certificate Home Economics syllabus promotes for progression from the Junior Certificate programme. It aims to develop understanding, skills, competence and attitudes necessary to contribute to a personal and family environment. It aims to develop an understanding of the physical, emotional, intellectual, economic and social needs of individuals or families.


The syllabus structure is as follows:

  • Food studies – 45%
  • Resource Management - 25%
  • Social Studies - 10%.
  • Elective (Home Design & Management / Textile Fashion & Design / Social Studies) - 20% 

Home ec lisa morganWhat is the Home Economics Leaving Certificate examination like?
In Leaving Certificate Home Economics students will be examined in two ways:
Assignment - 20%

  • A written examination - 80% – students will also have a written exam, which you can take at Higher or Ordinary level.