Home Economics

Board:  OCR

Course Aim

To develop a greater understanding and awareness of Home Economics through the study of technology, consumer issues, human need, society and health, nutrition and the preparation of food.

Course Details

The course consists of 4 units with Unit 1 and Unit 2 examined in June of Year 12 for AS.  A further two A2 units, Unit 3 completed during the Summer Term of Year 12 and the first half of the Winter Term in Year 13 and Unit 4 examined in June of Year 13.

Unit Titles






A Level


1 Society and  Health




1 hr 30 min





2 Resource Management


1 hr 30 min



3 Coursework Investigation





4  Nutrition and Food Production     


1 hr 30 min



AS Course Outline - 50%

The AS consists of Units 1 and 2 and counts for 50% of the full A Level.

A2 A Level Course Outline 50%

Consists of two Units 3 and 4.  Unit 3 is an investigation.  Together with Units 1 and 2 these comprise the units needed for the full A Level.

Coursework Investigation Requirements

Unit 3 (25% of A Level)

This is an in depth study for the full A Level course on an area of particular interest to the candidate.  The final submission will be of about 3,000 words.  The work will involve practical, experimental and in depth written work, following a Food, Nutrition and Health theme.

Entry Requirements

Grade B or above at GCSE Home Economics: Food & Nutrition

Useful Study Skills

An ability to be analytical and evaluative in the work you do.  To be able to present work creatively, clearly and accurately.  Good ICT skills are very valuable especially for the coursework investigation.

An enjoyment of practical cooking skills and a creative flair for the presentation of food are very important.  An interest in health and our world today, such as reading a daily newspaper.

Teaching Approach

A variety of teaching methods are used to deliver this course including traditional; learning through practical work and experience, independent study and discussion.  Some lessons make use of the ICT Suite.

Homework may involve research, reading, essays, practical work, analysis of results to draw conclusions and inform decisions.

Careers and Support Subjects

There are many career opportunities for students with these qualifications.  The Food Industry is a major employer in the UK.  Careers might include:

  • Dietician in a hospital or health centre
  • Home Economist for a retailer, international food company or publisher
  • Hotel and Catering Management
  • Product testing and development/research
  • Hospitality Management
  • Food Technology
  • Nutritional Science
  • Sports Science and Diet
  • Consumer Protection

Other career areas closely linked to Home Economics include nursing, physiotherapy, education and human resources.

A wide variety of further education courses are available including:

Food Science, Food Technology, Environmental Health, Biotechnology, Food Economics & Marketing, Food Manufacture, Nutrition & Dietetics, Food & European Studies, Hospitality Management, Home Economics and Consumer Studies.

Complementary A Levels

English, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Business Studies, Economics, Statistics, Art, Sports Science, History.

Progression to A2 is contingent on achieving grade C or above at AS level and behaviour, attendance and punctuality records will also be taken into consideration.