Home Economics

Subject Overview

The Junior Certificate Home Economics syllabus provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for living as individuals and as members of a family. In a time of rapid social change, the study of home economics is very relevant to the present and future social, creative and management needs and skills for living that are so vital to preparing every young person for the opportunities and challenges, which they will meet in the course of their lives. It provides for a wide range of educational experiences in the aesthetic, creative, physical, scientific, social, and environmental domains.


The syllabus is based on a core of five areas of study that will be studied by all students and one optional study, from a choice of three.
  • Food studies and culinary skills
  • Consumer studies
  • Social and health studies
  • Resource management and home studies
  • Textile studies.
Optional study
The optional study allows students the opportunity to undertake a more detailed study of one area of the core.
One optional study may be chosen from the following three:
  • Childcare
  • Design and craftwork
  • Textile skills is an extension of textile studies.


Junior Certificate Home Economics is assessed, at Ordinary and Higher Level, through three different methods of assessment:
Higher level Ordinary level
Food studies practical examination 35% 45%
An elective study project 15% 15%
A terminal written examination 50% 40%


This syllabus was implemented in schools in 1991. It is currently undergoing a rebalancing process, in a move towards presenting all junior cycle syllabuses in similar formats.