Name of Department: Home Economics and Hospitality
Head of Department: Mrs Wendy Pearson
Miss Anna Beckett
Mrs Claire Cochrane
"I know I speak for our Hospitality class when I say that without Hospitality we would not now be in Universities all around the UK studying International Hotel Management, Events Management and many other related areas. Our work placements have taken our class all around the world. The laughs and discussions we have had in class will be ones that I will remember forever and something that I will look back on fondly."
OC now in final year of International Hospitality
Management at the University of Ulster
We aim to empower our boys with a knowledge of food and nutrition, a love of cooking and an informed attitude to modern day living and the management of our home resources. We further encourage those with talent to study Hospitality, safe in the knowledge that an exciting world- wide opportunity for employment will result.
Home Economics is a discrete strand of the Learning for Life and Work learning area and is based on the following key themes:
● Healthy Eating
● Home and Family Life
● Independent Living
Good nutrition plays a vital role in promoting and protecting health. However, social, economic and technological changes have changed the way we obtain and choose food. The current trend for convenient, fast, effortless eating has already started to take a negative toll on the health of the nation.
In Home Economics, pupils learn about diet and health in a practical context –through the preparation of food and the planning of meals. It also encourages pupils to think about their relationship with food in a positive way, to challenge the way they choose food, and to inspire a love for food and a willingness to experiment and be creative
Through studying our GCSE in Hospitality, students develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the hospitality industry. In particular, they learn about:
● how hospitality organisations operate;
● how the hospitality industry meets people’s needs;
● the products and services offered by the hospitality industry;
● employment possibilities in hospitality;
● the importance of quality and customer service in the hospitality industry;
● basic food hygiene practices; and
● the skills required to provide food and drink for customers.
Students develop the core skills required for working in the hospitality industry and transferable skills that are important in working life.
BTEC’s are work related qualifications suitable for a wide range of students, built to accommodate the needs of employers and allow progression to university.
They are non- exam based internally assessed units and students will study real-life, work-based studies and complete projects and assessments.
Depending on the standard of pass at the end of this two year course students will have attained the equivalent of one A level qualification and UCAS points will be allocated. A Distinction is the equivalent of an ‘A’ grade at A level, a Merit a ‘C’ and a Pass an ‘E’. It is necessary to complete the course over the two year period to attain this award.
This course will allow successful candidates an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the hospitality sector or to progress to a higher education establishment in an associated area.
It gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.