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Lurgan College

Home Economics Department

Mrs. C. McTernaghan.


The Home Economics course allows students to progress from the Key Stage 3 subject content to A Level Home Economics and other related courses, where appropriate.

  • Content is divided into three manageable units
  • Course is assessed through one written paper and a series of controlled assessment tasks
  • Revised specification is newly unitised and will have its first assessment in summer 2011.


Unit 1:   Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness 1 hour 30 minutes, includes short-answer, structured extended writing questions, 40% weighting.

Unit 2:   Diet and Health, controlled assessment – 25 hours, 40% weighting

Unit 3:   Consumer Awareness, controlled assessment – 20 hours, 20% weighting


AS and A2 Home Economics

Home Economics students can take the AS course as a final qualification or as the first half of the A level qualification.  If students wish to obtain a full A level qualification, they must also complete the second half of the course, referred to as A2.

The central focus of Home Economics education is the health and well being of people in their everyday living.

The AS course is divided into two units: AS 1 and AS 2.  Students following the A level course must study two further units A2 1 and A2 2.

Unit AS 1: Nutrition for Optimal Health

This unit requires the study of macro and micro-nutrients and other dietary constituents.  Nutritional requirements and current dietary recommendations across the life span are also studied.

Unit AS 2 : Priority Health Issues

This unit requires the study of current research in relation to diet and health, mental health and sexual health.  Targets, strategies, initiatives and campaigns for optimising health are also studied.

Unit A2 1: Consumer Issues

This unit requires the study of consumer issues prevalent in today’s society.  It involves consideration of factors which affect the ability of consumers to make informed decisions and manage available resources.

Unit A2 2: Research Based Assignment

This unit requires the submission of a report on a research based activity which should not exceed 4,000 words.  The chosen research area should come from AS 1, AS 2 or A2 1.  The assignment should provide opportunities for students to demonstrate appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills demanded by the research process.

Young Cook of the Year

Chef of the year
Talented young chef Alexandra King from Lurgan College wowed judges with her culinary skills at the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland 2015 Young Cook of the Year by cooking a first class meal inspired by local produce and aimed at tempting the taste buds of visitors coming to Northern Ireland.

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