Senior Cycle

Home Economics

Home Economics is known as ‘Scientific & Social’ in the Senior Cycle.

Senior Cycle

Home Economics is known as ‘Scientific & Social’ in the Senior Cycle. It is an applied subject combining theory with practical cookery. The subject is open to both males and female students.
Scientific & Social covers a wide range of topics, many of which are very relevant to students in their own lives at present and in the future.

Syllabus Structure

The course has three main core areas:

Food Studies:

  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Diet & Health
  • Irish Food Industry
  • Meal Management & Planning
  • Food Safety & Hygiene
  • Study of commonly eaten foods


Resource management & Consumer Studies:

  • Management of the Home
  • Household Finances
  • Housing
  • Consumer studies
  • Relationships & Protection
  • Social Studies
  • Family
  • Marriage
  • Family Law

Students also study a Social Elective.  Topics include:

  • Social Change and the Family
  • Education
  • Work
  • Unemployment
  • Poverty

Students also have five Cookery Assignments to complete and write up the research, implementation and evaluation of each assignment in a prescribed journal.
This accounts for 20% of the Scientific & Social Leaving Certificate result.