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Online Christmas Revision Course 2020

Home Economics is one of the many subjects available on our Christmas Revision Course, that takes place from December 28th – 31st.

This 4-day live and interactive online course provides students from 1st – 6th year with expert tuition and exam focused notes delivered straight to their door. Pre-recorded tutorials, and all classes, will also be available for students to re-watch until the end of June.

What does it take to get a H1 in Higher Level Home Economics?

Alison Devlin, a past pupil from The Institute of Education who achieved a H1 in Leaving Cert higher level home economics, tells us how she aced the exam.

Know the detail

Home economics is a very broad course and the key to success is in the detail. Have a wide range of knowledge of each topic and connect all topics during the exam.

Understand the terms

Make sure you know the difference between comment, evaluate and identify and become confident in what they are asking you to answer.

The short questions

Detail is vital to this section too, as each question is worth 6 marks (1.5% of your overall grade). One word answers are not enough. To obtain full marks in the short questions you will find yourself writing all over the page.

Use tables when answering

I found tables helpful as it keeps you focused and you are able to visualise what your answers should look like. This is particularly helpful in Question 1A.

Long essay answers are not necessary. Just use precise bullet point answers.


Planning is essential as the exam is very demanding time wise. Map your time out for each section and stick to this. I suggest not reading through the exam but get stuck in as you need every minute.

Reaction to 2019 Home Economics Exam

Each year, our exceptional teachers give their take on the Leaving Certificate higher level exam papers. Read what Sandra Cleary, home economics teacher at The Institute of Education, had to say about the 2019 exam below.

Reaction to Leaving Certificate 2019 Home Economics by Sandra Cleary, home economics teacher at The Institute of Education.

This was an approachable paper with a twist. The language used was very clear, and the questions were straightforward.

Students who spent many hours studying this vast course may have felt the questions were in some ways quite narrow and there was little scope to demonstrate the volume of materiel they had covered during their revision.

Short Questions

A wide range of straightforward, fair topics appeared here such as Coronary Heart Disease, diabetes, consumer protection and waste management.

Students with a good, comprehensive knowledge of the course would have been well able for the short questions.

Question 1 | (compulsory question)

Students are normally asked to analyse the contents of a pie chart or a graph in this section. However this year they were not asked do this, and instead had to comment on a healthy snacking survey.

The content of the question would not have been particularly challenging to a higher-level student. What might have thrown them however was the fact that the structure and the marking distribution of the question was altered.

Students would also have been surprised to see Calcium appear as the nutrient in part D of this question. Many would have been expecting Protein, B Vitamins or Iron. Despite this, the question was very manageable.

Question 2

Vegetables appeared, by themselves, in part’s A & B of this question, which might have surprised some students.

There was a lovely question on Vitamin C in part C. It was good to see a second nutrient appear as part of Question 2, as students dedicate so much time to studying the nutrients.

Question 3

There was a nice, straightforward question on food spoilage and food poisoning bacteria.

Question 4

It was surprising to see the topic of Finance appear here. There were very practical and manageable questions on MABS, household income and planning a family budget.

Question 5

The topic of contemporary family structures came up, which has not appeared since 2006.

Elective 1 & 3

It was refreshing to see that the language used in Elective 1, on Home Design & Management, was far less complex than last year, and the questions were far more straight forward. There was no ambiguity and students would have known what was being asked of them. Housing styles, wall finishes and electricity, which was widely expected, all appeared here too.

The very topical and relevant subjects of work and employment, childcare options for parents and poverty all appeared in Elective 3.

Sample Notes

Students who attend The Institute of Education are provided with exclusive, exam-focussed study notes to support their home study and revision. Below are a sample of the high-quality home economics notes they receive.

Top Tips

Sandra Cleary, home economics teacher at The Institute of Education, shares her secrets to exam success.

Be familiar with the syllabus

Download a copy of the syllabus from the internet and every time you have a section of the course revised, refer to the syllabus to see if all of the topics have been covered during revision.

Understand the marking scheme

To work out the marking scheme highlight the key terms in the question and look at the allocated marks. For example, if asked to ‘give an account’ for 8 marks – give 2 points @ 4 marks each. If asked to ‘list’ for 8 marks – give 4 points @ 2 marks each.

Prepare topics well for the compulsory sections

This will ensure you have a ‘bank’ of completed questions to revise before the exam.

For example, Section B, Question 1 study all of the six nutrients and practice analyzing tables and charts from previous Leaving Cert papers.

In Section C, study all the topics listed on the syllabus for the chosen elective, as part (a) of each Elective is compulsory.

Complete 2 – 3 short questions from Section A every night from now until the exam. Allow approximately 2 minutes for each question.

Practice long questions

Practice long questions from past papers for homework. This is very important! Answer these questions in a realistic time to prepare for the pressure of the exam. Look up the marking scheme for your answers when you are finished.

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