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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.

This course will be 1 double and 1 single period per week.


In S3 the topics you will cover include:


Food Safety *

Nutrition and Health*

Foods affecting food choice

Foods of the world

plus others


*Both the Food Safety course and Nutrition course are certified by REHIS (The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland) and will provide pupils, on successful completion of the unit of work including a short test, with a nationally recognised certificate. These REHIS qualifications have enabled many of our previous pupils to go on and secure part time jobs in children’s nurseries, cafes, takeaways, restaurants, and care homes.


Everything you need to know before selecting this course: The course is a combination of theory and practical work, with at least 1 period a week completing theory work in a classroom. 


Homework will be issued as necessary throughout the course. 

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.


  • Food Scientists

  • Sales and marketing

  • Environmental Health officer

  • Food inspector

  • Quality control

  • Health promotion

  • Event management

  • Dietitian

  • Nutritionist

  • Food product development

  • Farming

  • Brewing

  • Food manufacturing

  • Childcare

  • Catering

  • Chef

  • Hotel management

  • 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.

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