Home Economics Department

Home Economics Department


Teaching Staff

Ms McSorley (Head of Department) Mrs Bittle

Miss Jenkinson

Miss Baird

Technical Support

Mrs Smith





Key Stage 3

All pupils in Key Stage 3 study Home Economics. It is one of the strands of Learning for Life and Work and is based on the following key themes:

  • Health eating – pupils develop their knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for healthy living. They develop their knowledge of how to plan, prepare, serve and store food safely.
  • Home and Family Life – pupils develop their understanding of the importance of the family as a caring unit.
  • Independent Living – pupils learn how to manage resources and understand the importance of being discerning consumers.

In Years 8-10 pupils complete a range of units which are designed to be challenging and enjoyable. Practical activities are linked to each unit of work to help pupils develop life skills such as thinking skills, team work and cooking skills.


Practical Activities

Practical activities include for example; Toasted Tortilla, Soda Bread, Truffles, Apple Crumble, Healthy Burger, Sweet Chilli Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles, Apple Tart, Scones and Lasagne.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Home Economics – Food And Nutrition

The subject encourages pupils to think critically, make a reasoned choice and manage change. The CCEA revised GCSE specification for Food and Nutrition is divided into 2 components.

Component 1 Food and Nutrition – Examination 50%

Component 2 Practical Food and Nutrition -Controlled Assessment 50%

There is only one tier of entry which covers A* – G.


GCSE Child Development                        

The GCSE Child Development course aims to encourage an understanding of pregnancy, the responsibilities of being a parent and the overall needs of young children and emphasises the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The CCEA revised GCSE specification Child Development is divided into 3 units:

Unit 1 Parenthood, Pregnancy And The Newborn Baby – Examination 30%

Unit 2 The Development Of The Child (0-5) Years – Examination 30%

Unit 3 Investigation Task 40%

There is only one tier of entry which covers A* – G.

The pupils will have the opportunity to bring home the Virtual Baby for a night.


GCE Health And Social Care Single Award


Pupils complete 3 Units in Year 13 and 3 units in Year 14 following the CCEA specification. The pupils also complete a work placement during Year 13 in a health and social care setting.

In Year 13 the pupils complete their AS qualification, comprising two portfolio assessments and one external exam. In Year 14 pupils can progress to A2 level, where they complete one external exam and two portfolio assessments.


Unit 1 Promoting Quality Care – Portfolio
Unit 2 Communication In Health, Social Care and Early Years Settings Portfolio
Unit 3 Health and Well Being External examination

Year 13








Year 14


Unit 2 Body Systems and Physiological Disorders Portfolio
Unit 3 Providing Services External examination
Unit 4 Health Promotion Portfolio


GCE Health And Social Care Double Award

In Year 13 and Year 14 pupils can complete an additional 3 units, to pupils completing Single Award. Completing 6 Units in Year 13 and 6 Units in Year 14.


The Food Heartland – January 2017

More than 400 school children from Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon borough, took part in a careers showcase hosted by the Food Heartland.  The three-day event demonstrated to Year 10 pupils a variety of careers available working with food & drink, in the agri-food, tourism and hospitality sectors. Pupils were tasked with sourcing, producing and marketing a product. There was a mock supermarket, mobile kitchen and cookery demos from award winning chefs, as well as industry professionals from a wide range of sectors on hand for advice.

Mrs Bittle, Home Economics teacher/Industry Links Co-ordinator accompanied students from New-Bridge Integrated College to this key event.

Our Year 10 Home Economics pupils thoroughly enjoyed this event. They listened to careers advice from industry experts and engaged with pupils from 4 other schools also in attendance. The pupils totally engaged in the business challenge, working in teams tasked to design and create a burger. The 3 minute pitch presented to the judges demonstrated their communication skills and they got the chance to enhance their numeracy skills, as their final product had to be carefully costed.


Healthy Eating Week June 2017 & Shared Education Visit

The purpose of BNF Healthy Eating Week is to provide a dedicated week in the year to focus on healthy eating and drinking, and physical activity, to encourage healthy living. The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) healthy eating week took place from the 12th– 16th June. In support of BHF eat healthy week, at New-Bridge we encouraged everyone to get involved and there were five challenges:

  • Eat Breakfast
  • Eat 5 A Day
  • Drink Plenty of Water
  • Get Active
  • Try Something NewA variety of topics were covered for example the over consumption of fatty food, sweets or fizzy drinks.Visitors To The Home Economics Department 2016/17
  • 23rd Nov – Hilary Harbinson talk on SENDO. 10th Jan – Emma Cordner talk on Health &Safety compliance. 18th Jan – Class interview with Lynn Smith former cleaning supervisor – COSHH legislation. 6th Feb – Scott Colhoun Patient & Client Council. 8th Feb – Consultant Psychiatrist Richard Bunn interview covering all aspects of Unit 7.
  • A group of Year 9 pupils attended a Home Economics Shared Education Event in Banbridge High school with Ms McSorley. The event was attended by pupils from St Patrick’s College, Banbridge High School and New-Bridge Integrated College and the pupils completed a workshop on Healthy Eating. The workshop was provided by Nutrition Services NI and the pupils were given important nutritional information in a fun and interactive manner.