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Home Economics

Home Economics is an important subject in the school curriculum which identifies with all areas of Curriculum of Excellence, and closely follows the Experiences and Outcomes of Health and Wellbeing and Technology with attention to literacy and numeracy. It is topical and forms strong links between school and home.

It is a subject which enables young people of all ability levels to acquire a variety of skills, which will help them to cope with everyday living and gain future employment in society. Society is changing constantly and young people involved in Home Economics courses will be well prepared to adapt to these changes as individuals, and also as members of a wider household group or as members of the community.

The Staff

Miss I McNally (Faculty Head)


Mrs L Bryce


The Department


The Home Economics Department is situated on the ground floor, beside the Art Department and Music Department.


The Department consists of 2 rooms.


Home Economics Room 1

This has been designed as the main cooking room. It is shared by all H.E staff.


Home Economics Room 2

This room has been designed as a multi-purpose area. It is shared by all H.E staff.



How your child will learn 


Your child will work individually, in pairs and in groups, taking part in a variety of activities in order to develop their performance within that activity and to develop skills for life.


From S1 until the end of S3, all pupils will experience a broad general education where they will work across the experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence.


In S1, pupils will attend Home Economics for two periods per week. During their time in the department, S1 pupils will learn to work in the kitchen in a safe and hygienic manner. Pupils will undertake to complete two ‘Design and Make’ projects using fabric. In S2, pupils will study Nutrition and Current Dietary Advice. They will also be introduced to using the sewing machine.


The S3 Home Economics course will build upon the pupil’s prior knowledge in Nutrition, Practical Food skills, Food Safety, Scottish Dietary Targets which will prepare them for the SQA National courses available in the senior phase.


Home Economics courses in S4, S5 and S6

In the senior phase, pupils work on courses that lead towards National Qualifications at the end of S4, S5 and S6.

In S4, pupils can choose to take a course in the Home Economics department. Each course gets three periods per week.

Courses currently offered in the Home Economics department in S4 lead to awards in:

·         Health and Food Technology at National 3 and Health and Wellbeing at National 2

In S5 and S6, pupils can choose to take courses in the Home Economics department

Hospitality: Practical Cookery National 3

The course has been designed primarily as a practical course and aims to provide the development of techniques and skills required for food production appropriate to domestic and hospitality situations.