Leaving Certificate Home Economics

Many students think this subject "is all cooking" and then are surprised by the huge amount of theory to be covered. The course is long and diverse so you should try and break it down, topic by topic.

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Don't forget to practice Question 1(a) from Section B where you have to analyze a graph or chart. These type of questions will not appear in your textbook. Don't forget to study all topics in your elective. Part (a) is compulsory so if you cut corners you can get caught out. Students who do Biology and Business will find some overlapping topics which makes things easier. 

Home Economics Course Content

Core Areas

  • Food Studies 
  • Resource Management and Consumer Studies
  • Social Studies 


  • Home Design and Management 


  • Textiles, Fashion and Design 


  • Social Studies 

The Exam

Practical Coursework  - 20%

This is worth 20% of the final mark this is submitted in journal form in sixth year.

Written Exam paper – 80%

The written examination has three sections:

Section A (60 marks)

12 short questions and you're marked on you're best 10.  These deal mainly with all the core areas. 

Section B (180 marks)

5 questions of which you must answer one question (Food Science and Nutrition) and any other 2 questions (from the other Core Areas).  

Section C (80 marks)

3 questions of which you must answer one question . Elective question based on your chosen elective.


Future Careers with Leaving Certificate Home Economics

Home Economics is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system but teaches useful cooking skills that will be used by all. Future careers include Fashion, Cookery, Chef, Tourism, Business, Social Work.


Download the Leaving Cert Home Economics Syllabus

Download the Leaving Cert Home Economics Chief Examiner's Report (2017) 

Download the Leaving Cert Home Economics Guidlines for Teachers