The S3 Home Economics BGE course allows pupils to both develop their practical cookery skills as well as theoretical knowledge on every day food issues. You will take part in a wide variety of both practical and theory lessons building on the basic skills you have gained in S2.


You will learn a wide range of practical food skills, techniques, and processes to enable you to produce food of a high quality. You will learn how to produce this food safely and hygienically, and in addition it will also develop skills in organisation, teamwork, time management and evaluation; these skills are transferable to many areas of work and life.


In S3 you will sit the REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene certificate, which is a nationally recognised qualification, where you will learn about food hygiene and put your knowledge into practice when working in the kitchen.  This REHIS qualification has enabled many of previous pupils to go on and secure part time jobs in children’s nurseries, cafes, takeaways, restaurants, and care homes. Other areas of study will include

  • Factors affecting food choice

  • Nutrition, health, individual nutritional needs and diet through various life stages

  • Food Safety and the prevention of food poisoning

  • Completing a technological design brief by planning, designing, making and evaluating a food product. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course: The course is a combination of theory and practical work, currently split approximately 50/50


Regular homework will be issued and will contain a mixture of both written and practical tasks. 

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of practical, written, project work and peer assessments.


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Most careers will benefit from the experience and transferable skills you will gain in S3 Home Economics. Here are a few examples:  food and drink industry (farming, brewing, food manufacturing, sales and marketing), environmental health , food inspector, quality control, health promotion, event management,  dietitian, nutritionist, food product development, childcare, catering, chefs, hotel management, fitness industry, personal trainer, care industry, food writer, food stylist, food photographer, food blogger, home economics teacher.

Some of the employability skills which are developed through Home Economics are:

  • Planning and Organisation

  • Problem Solving

  • Teamwork

  • Working independently

  • Creativity

  • Time Management

  • Multitasking

  • Resilience

S4 and beyond

Pupils who wish to continue their progress in Home Economics may progress to Nat 4/5 Practical Cookery. This would benefit any learner who wishes to pursue a career in the food and health industries mentioned above.