Senior Cycle Home Economics



Home Economics Resources

Home Economics resources 


Online Marking, Examination Paper Design and Stationery Design 2020



Please find link on the State Examination Commission


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Continuous Professional Development (CPD)




Subject Analysis


Click here to access the 2019 subject analysis spreadsheet 


Sensory Analysis



Click here to download a pdf copy of the sensory analysis booklet

Click here to downlaod a word copy of the sensory analysis booklet


Sensory Analysis Video




SEC Resources


Click here to access past exam papers, marking schemes and chief examiners reports.



Chief Examiners Report 2011


Click here to access a downloadable copy of this report


New Resources


A comparison of the Leaving Certificate Home Economics exam now and eighty years ago
Access a range of resources on how sugar affects the human brain.  See the News section for more information.
Useful Links



Useful videos


This video from the Irish Times website illustrates how students should answer a table/pie chart analysis question in the Leaving Certificate Home Economics exam.


Watch a video from the 1950s entitled "Why study Home Economics?" on the Home Economics - Alive section of the website.


Sugar and the human brain


How sugar affects the brain is a TED-ED lesson which can help students learn how sugary drinks and food can be addictive.  It also explores how the body processes sugar.  Teachers and students can register with TED-ED to customise the lesson and answer review questions.  Guided discussion questions are also included.


Another video which explains why many of us crave sugar is available from Untamed Science.  Please note that this video is on YouTube.


Suggestion: After watching the videos at the links above and learning why we crave sugar and what it does to our bodies, encourage your students to examine their personal sugar consumption habits.  Sugar Stacks is a US-based website which is useful to help understand how much sugar is in the food and drinks that many people consume.  


For School Based Support


All schools can apply for subject based support.

To avail of school based support for Home Economics, follow this link to our online form


For Additional Support 


The Association of Teachers of Home Economics (ATHE) also provide Continuous Professional Development courses, workshops and an annual conference to support post-primary Home Economics teachers in Ireland. PDST collaborate with ATHE.

 For further information, please go to


PDST Support


Esther Herlihy is the Administrator and is based in Navan Education Centre, Athlumney, Navan, Co. Meath


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