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GCSE Home Economics

At Key Stage 4 we have 2 areas of study for pupils to choose from. They are:

1. GCSE Home Economics Food and Nutrition; 2. AQA Entry level certificate

1. HOME ECONOMICS - FOOD & NUTRITION
Examining Board: OCR

This course is a preparation for living in a contemporary, changing and multi-cultural society. It places an emphasis on the management of resources and informed decision making to meet human needs by the development of relevant, appropriate and transferable skills in the context of home and family.

The content of the course includes:

  • Nutrition and health;
  • Food choice;
  • Food preparation and processing;
  • Deterioration, safety and preservation of food;
  • Marketing, advertising and consumer education

Coursework - Accounts for 60% of the total mark. Candidates complete 4 pieces of coursework for the internal assessment component.

  • Three short tasks - approximately 7 hours per task for completion
  • One individual task - approximately 22 hours for completion

There is a practical food preparation component in the coursework.

The Exam - An un-tiered written paper achieving A*- G grades

This GCSE qualification enables candidates to progress either directly to employment or proceed to further qualifications.

Use of Home Economics in Careers
Home Economist, Nurse, Health Visitor, Dietician, Dental Hygienist, Chef, Cook, Care Assistant, Butcher, Baker, Restaurant Manager and Catering Careers.

2. Aqa entry level certificate

This qualification offers opportunities for students to work alongside others following a GCSE course in Home Economics. A course based on this specification should encourage candidates to:

  • Develop their design and making skills, and to combine these with knowledge and understanding to design and make quality products.
  • Develop and practice skills specific to work in Design and Technology
  • Investigate, disassemble and evaluate familiar products and applications
  • Consider the effects and implications of technological activity
  • Work both individually and as members of a team
  • Apply skills, knowledge and understanding from other subjects, where appropriate, including art mathematics, science, and information technology.
  • Evaluate products (their own and others) against specific criteria
  • Study industrial practices and the applications of systems and control.
  • Three levels of award are available: Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3.
  • There is no exam for this qualification

Candidates should submit evidence for the two compulsory Externally-Set Component Units.

  • Unit 1: Health and Safety in Design and Technology (Generic)
  • Unit 2: Evaluating Existing Products (Generic)

Teacher-Controlled Component Units 50% of total marks

Candidates should submit evidence for two of the following optional Teacher-Controlled component Units.

  • Unit 3: Systems and Control in Design and Technology (Generic)
  • Unit 4: Food Handling, Preparation and Storage (FT)
  • Unit 5: Preparing Food for a Specified Function (FT)
  • Unit 6: Food Grains from Source to Table (FT)
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