Home Economics

HOME ECONOMICS

Home Economics is offered at both Junior and Senior Cycle in the Donahies Community School.

Home Economics is a subject in which you will study and learn how to take care of yourself, others, your home and your environment.

What is the Home Economics Junior Certificate exam like?

In Junior Certificate Home Economics you will be examined in 3 main areas:

  1. Coursework - with help of your teacher, you will choose a project from one of the following areas: Child Development, Design and Craftwork or Textiles Skills which accounts for 15% of the overall marks
  2. A practical cookery exam - you will have a 1½ hour practical cookery exam which involves preparing and cooking food. This accounts for 35% of higher level marks and 45% of ordinary level marks.
  3. A written examination - you will also have a written exam in June of 3rd year, along with all of your other Junior Certificate exams. You can sit the paper at Higher or Ordinary level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.

 

What is the Home Economics Leaving Certificate exam like?

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

  1. 1.   A written examination – you will have a written exam in June of 6th year, along with all of your other Leaving Certificate exams. You can sit the paper at Higher and Ordinary level. This accounts for 80% of your marks in the subject.

 

  1. An assessment of the practical components of the programme - this comprises of 4 food studies assignments which are written up in a journal and sent to the Department of Education for correction. This accounts for 20% of your overall marks in this subject.  

 

What is the Home Economics in Transition Year like?

 At present, we have 3 very enjoyable modules in TY:

  1. Catering
  2. Craft
  3. Interior Design

 

What is the Hotel, Catering & Tourism course like for Leaving Cert Applied Students?

 4 modules over the 2 year course:

  1. Eating Out - The Fast Food Way
  2. Eating Out – Hotels, Restaurants and Institutions
  3. Irish Hospitality
  4. Catering for Diversity

(Assessment: 4 key assignments for each module)

  • A major project called a TASK e.g. chocolate making task.

(Assessment: Report & interview on the task)

  • Food & Culinary Skills/Cooking Exam in May of 6th year.