12 HOME ECONOMICS
Teacher in Charge: Ms M. Carroll
Home economics investigates a number of health-related issues directly attributable to food choices affecting personal and family well-being.
Nutrition issues in New Zealand - beliefs, attitudes and practices. Internal Level 2 Specific food needs. Internal Level 2
Sustainable food production. Internal Level 2 or
Processing technologies - advanced procedures. Internal Level 2
Relationships between well-being, food choices and the determinants of health. External Level 2
Total credits Internal assessment 14/15 credits. Optional External assessment 4 (Level 2) credits.
Recommended Prior Learning
Education Teaching is the most common career path for home economists. Opportunities are available in middle and high schools, where teacher certification is required for public school systems. With an advanced degree, you may also find opportunities to teach at a college or university. Home economics graduates may also opt to teach parenting, nutrition or financial management classes in community or non-profit programs that focus on family guidance and social services. Business and Government Students pursuing a degree in home economics must take classes in management, finance, public policy and administration. This education, along with transferrable skills like public speaking, writing, computers and research, qualifies graduates for positions in banking, customer service, human resources, training and development. Restaurant Management Food preparation, menu planning and nutrition are other skills acquired in the study of family and consumer sciences. Consequently, careers in restaurant management are also suitable for home economists. This is especially true for school, hospital and public cafeteria administration. Human Rights, Law and Advocacy Graduates of family and consumer science programs are often passionate about the rights of children, the disabled and elderly. This passion and educational training are ideal for positions in non-profit administration. This includes jobs in consumer advocacy, activism, fund raising, volunteer coordination and program management.,