Subject Overview

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. It prepares students of both sexes for life in a consumer-oriented society and provides a learning foundation for those seeking employment in a wide range of careers such as the food industry, tourism, clothing, design, health and social services. 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 and to promote a sense of responsibility to global issues. 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.

Core Area:

Food studies

  • Food Science & Nutrition
  • Diet & Health
  • Food Processing & Preservation
  • Microbiology
  • Food Safety & Hygiene- HACCP

Resource management and consumer studies

  • Family Resource Management
  • Management of Household Finances- Mortgages
  • Household Technology
  • Consumer Rights & Responsibilities

Social studies

  • Family Defined
  • Marriage
  • Family Law


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:

  • Home design and management
  • Textiles, fashion and design
  • Social studies

In Drogheda Grammar School we study: Elective 3: Social Studies.

This includes:

  • Social Change
  • Education
  • Work
  • Unemployment- Statutory responses to eliminating poverty and unemployment.
  • Poverty


Leaving Certificate Home Economics-Scientific and Social is assessed, at Ordinary and Higher level,as follows:

  • A terminal examination paper
  • An assessment of the practical components of the programme, that is the food studies from the core area and the textiles, fashion and design elective (where applicable).

Examination paper 80%
Core: 60%
Electives: 20%

Assessment of practical coursework 20% – Completed in 5th Year


The Leaving Certificate Home Economics-Scientific and Social syllabus was revised in 2001 and implemented in 2002. It was first examined in 2004.