Junior Cert Home Ec has a direct relevance to the present and future life of every young person. Its purpose is to teach young people important skills for living as individuals and how to create a stable environment for their families.
Junior Cert Home Economics remains a very popular subject with around 20,000 candidates sitting the paper each year, this comprises around 35% of all the students who sit the Junior Cert in a given year.
The Junior Cert Home Ec course is divided into a number of areas.
● Food Studies and Culinary Skills Consumer Studies
● Social & Health Studies
● Resource Management and Home Studies
The option section of the course consists of some type of project. This is usually decided upon by your teacher and is assessed separately to your written paper. The options for Junior Cert Home Ec are:
● Design and Craftwork
● Textile Skills
Most (80%) students in 2012 opted for the Design and Craft project, with 17% completing the Childcare project and less that two percent completing a Textiles Project.
Home Ec for the Junior is offered at both Higher and Ordinary Levels, with over 75% of students sitting the higher level paper in recent years.
Junior Cert Home Ec is widely considered to be amongst the most practical subjects available to students. 50% of a students overall mark in Higher Level Home Ec is decided before the exam in June. A cookery (Food and Cullinary Skills) exam accounts for 35% of HL students grade with 15% being allocated to the Option Project. At Ordinary Level the cookery exam accounts for 45% of the overall mark with 15% again allocated for the Optional Study Project Work