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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown

Home Economics


KS3 Overview

Home Economics at Key Stage 3 is part of Learning for Life and Work. In Years 8, 9 and 10 pupils get the opportunity to examine key concepts in relation to healthy eating, home and family life and independent living.  Year 8, 9 and 10 is divided into a series of units which are designed to be enjoyable, challenging and relevant for our pupils.  A wide range of practical cookery is built into each unit of work so that pupils can develop a range of important skills such as working with others, problem solving, cooking skills and using equipment. 

Our aims in HE

  • To encourage pupils to display a positive attitude towards health and wellbeing.
  • To prepare for life and work as individuals, as contributors to society and as contributors to the economy and environment.
  • To provide opportunities for pupils so that they can develop a range of skills to promote independence through planning, managing and using resources.
  • To encourage pupils to build their personal and interpersonal skills and capabilities.
  • To encourage pupils to develop a critical and analytical approach to decision-making and problem-solving.

KS4 Overview

At KS4 we offer GCSE Hospitality and Occupational Studies Patisserie & Baking and Contemporary Cuisine.


Areas of study include;

  • The hospitality & catering industry in
  1. Ireland
  • Employment opportunities
  • Providing front office and accommodation services
  • Providing food and drink in various settings, e.g. hotels, shops, etc...
  • Planning, preparation & serving a meal in Yr11
  • Extensive study of skills involved in the catering industry (practical)
  • Planning preparation and serving food at a function in Yr12
  • Health & safety
  • Controlled Assessment

Occupational Studies


An occupational study offers a more hands on approach to learning, ideal if you prefer to develop your skills in a more practical environment. Both topics combined are the equivalent of a GCSE.

Patisserie & Baking-You will develop your baking skills producing a range of breads & scones, cakes & biscuits and pastry products.

Contemporary Cuisine – You will develop your culinary skills producing foods of restaurant standard creating a variety of starters, mains and desserts.

Assessment: Pupils are assessed on their practical skills and a portfolio of evidence rather than an exam.


14th Mar 2018
Pictured are Class 8RM during their recent practical within Home Economics. Our pupils...
6th Dec 2017
On Monday and Tuesday we had the pleasure of hosting a large number of Primary 7...