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. The subject is an applied subject combining theory with practice. It is concerned with the management of resources (material and human) to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and economic needs of individuals and families. The study of home economics emphasises the interdependent relationships that exist between individuals, families and their immediate and distant environments.
The syllabus is based on a core of three areas of study that is studied by all students and one elective area, from a choice of three.
The elective allows students the opportunity to undertake a more detailed study of one area of the core.
There are three electives, from which one may be chosen:
Leaving Certificate Home Economics-Scientific and Social is assessed, at Ordinary and Higher level, as follows:
Examination paper 80%
Assessment of practical coursework 20%
Home Economics is a very common subject among students at Leaving Cert and is far more popular with girls than boys. There is a perception that this subject is an easy subject to do well in however only 9% of students get an A in this subject. Students who perform well in this and would like to pursue a career in teaching Home Economics can if points allow them do it at St Angelas in Co Sligo.
The subject covers a wide range of topics from resource management, food studies, social studies and consumer studies to electives such as home design and management and fashion and design. Up to 20% of the final grade is achieved before sitting the actual examination by completing practical coursework, this can be very beneficial to students.
In 2010 a total of 8982 students took Home Economics S&S at Leaving Cert. 8296 girls took Home Economics S&S at Leaving Certificate at higher level while 686 boys did Home Economics S&S at Higher Level in 2010.
Duration of Exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (150 minutes).
Total marks for exam 320 marks.
Please note students must attempt ten questions from twelve questions from Section A, answer question 1 and any other two questions from Section B and one from section C.
Question 2 & 3
Section C: Electives: Answer one elective question from this section. Candidates who submitted Textiles, Fashion and Design coursework for examination may attempt only Question 2.