Home Economics and Child Development


The lovely ladies of 9O cooking during our Open Night.

When we hear the term, ‘Home Economics’ most of us think about cooking and food. Home Economics is about much more than food however. Home Economics combines aspects of science, nutrition, cooking, parenting skills and finance. Students learn about the inter-relationships between diet, health, family, home and choice and the management of resources.

Home Economics gives students a valuable insight into:

  • what’s really in the food we eat everyday;
  • how to plan and cook nutritious and economical meals;
  • how to choose the best food for themselves and their family;
  • the importance of good nutrition and health; and
  • the role of the consumer in modern eating patterns.

Home Economics delivers vital skills that enable students to lead effective lives as individuals and family members as well as members of the wider community.

In DownshireSchool, all pupils study Home Economics from Year 8 to Year 10.  Pupils then have the choice of studying Child Development or Home Economics at GCSE level.

The department has two fully equipped practical classrooms, both with interactive whiteboards and a full time Home Economics technician.

Pupils have the opportunity to partake in the Duke of Edinburgh after school cookery club in the summer term.

What can I do with Home Economics?

  • Consumer Adviser
  • Dietitian
  • Health Promotions Officer
  • Trading Standards Officer
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Home Economist
  • Nutritionist
  • Food Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Teacher in Food Technology / Catering / Hospitality
  • Nanny
  • Midwife
  • Nurse
  • Psychologist
  • Health Visitor
  • Speech Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Worker


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Jordan Reid perfects his skills for GCSE Home Economics by making a swiss roll.


Chloe Kennedy and Sam McMurtry perfecting their Swiss Roll as part of their GCSE course.


Year 12 Pupil Bethannie McMurray preparing her Thai Curry as part of her GCSE course.


Connor Adams, Year 10, presents his Gold Award masterpiece.