Home Economics

Teaching Home Economics (HE) is all about setting young people up for healthy, successful lives. Covering a wide range of subjects, HE teachers are currently in high demand in Scotland.

What’s involved?

Home Economics tackles issues from family health and lifestyle to budgeting, childcare and parenting, nutrition and diet, food preparation and hygiene, fashion and textiles and consumer studies. As well as mandatory lessons for pupils in the early years of secondary school, exam courses are also taught throughout senior school.

Home Economics training options

To be a great HE teacher you will need bags of enthusiasm, ingenuity, and the drive to really make a difference. It’s a subject where young people learn the essential life skills to set them up for a good life.

Guide to becoming a Home Economics Teacher

If you would like more information about how to become an HE teacher, what your career roadmap might look like, or what you can expect from an average day teaching HE – simply register to download our guide to becoming an HE teacher.

Home Economics training options

There are several routes to becoming an HE teacher. It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to teaching, are a career changer, or at the start of your career journey. This quick guide covers basic qualifications, degree options, top-up study, and the HE Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).

Basic qualifications

To be eligible for HE teacher training (PGDE) you will need:

  1. English at SCQF level 6 (e.g. Higher C)
  2. Maths at SCQF level 5 (e.g. Intermediate 2)
  3. A relevant undergraduate degree

Relevant undergraduate degrees

There are currently four undergraduate degrees at Scottish universities that meet the entry requirements for the HE Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE):

  • Abertay University: BSc Hons Food, Nutrition and Health(e.g. Higher C)
  • Abertay University: BSc Hons Food and Consumer Studies
  • Queen Margret University: BSc Hons Nutrition
  • Robert Gordon University: BSc Hons Nutrition

Alternative entry routes

There are other undergraduate degrees that would be eligible to apply for the HE PGDE if ‘top-up’ qualifications were gained. The ‘top up’ qualification is called the Certificated Evidence of Competence (CEoC) and will cover all the proficiencies and skills that you need to teach HE. You might study this over the course of a year at a local college, for example.

‘Top-up’ degree examples

Here’s an example of some undergraduate degrees that require ‘top up’ qualifications to be eligible for the HE PGDE:

  • Glasgow Caledonian University: BSc Hospitality Management and BSc Food Bioscience
  • University College Birmingham: BSc Applied Food and Nutrition
  • Sheffield Hallam University: BSc Food and Nutrition
  • College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (Northern Ireland): BSc Food Design and Nutrition

Home Economics PGDE

This is a one-year course that covers everything you need to know to become a successful teacher. You can expect a mixture of lectures, assignments, reading, and practical placements in a school. Usually you will be assigned a tutor who will work closely throughout the course.

Andy Williams – Home Economics Teacher at St Kentigern’s Academy

“As a Head Chef and a contract catering manager, I always enjoyed training and coaching my staff. But after getting married and starting a family I wanted to get away from anti-social hours. My interest in food, and enjoyment of coaching meant teaching felt like a perfect choice. I genuinely love being a teacher; I really feel I have found my vocation. It is immensely fulfilling to teach students life skills and skills that will assist them in gaining employment and to watch their progression.

“A number of my students have pursued careers in hospitality and this makes me incredibly proud. In teaching I feel I can really make a long-term difference. I have the opportunity and responsibility for helping shape my students to give them the best chance of a successful future.”

Chelsea McDonald – Health and Food Technology Teacher at Notre Dame High School

“I originally graduated with an honours degree in Fashion Marketing and worked in retail management. Though I thoroughly enjoyed my years working in the fashion industry, I never felt I had the chance to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others. I therefore made the life-changing decision to become a teacher and I have never looked back.

"Being a teacher is an exciting career and brings me a real sense of fulfillment. In teaching Home Economics, you are providing valuable lifelong skills and promoting prospective success for all. It is important to me that every pupil I encounter feels valued. I aim to be a role model, encouraging, motivating and inspiring the pupils to become the best version of themselves. If I can make one small difference to their lives, whether that be academically, socially or personally, then that’s something to be celebrated."

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