Junior Cycle Home Economics develops the knowledge, understanding, skills and values necessary to achieve optimal, healthy and sustainable living for every person as an individual, and as a member of families and society. It is a subject which amalgamates theoretical and practical elements that can be taken at JC level through the traditional Junior Cycle. All first-year students sample Home Economics as part of a taster module. They then decide whether they would like to do Home Economics for the Junior Cycle. The specifications for the course span over three years and use an interdisciplinary approach integrated across three interconnected strands.
Assessment is comprised of
formative (ongoing) assessment as well as summative assessment:
The final examination will consist of a practical food skills examination and a written examination. The practical examination and the written examination will each be allocated fifty per cent of the marks available.
A) Practical food skills examination:
Based on feedback, students reflect upon their preparatory work carried out as part of CBA Two and the direction they will take it in for the practical food skills examination. For the practical food skills examination, students are required to demonstrate the application of nutritional knowledge and practical culinary skills in the execution of one of the briefs issued by the State Examinations Commission. The practical food skills examination will be one hour and thirty minutes in duration with an additional thirty minutes of preparation time prior to the commencement of the timed examination. It is an individual examination completed at the end of third year.
Based on their chosen brief from CBA Two, students will demonstrate their culinary and creative food literacy skills by preparing, serving and evaluating healthy nutritious dishes or product/s to meet the requirements of the brief.
B) Written examination
Students will sit a written examination of one and a half hour’s duration. The written examination will take place at the end of third year. The final examination will be set and marked by the State Examinations Commission.