Being a Home Economics teacher
Home Economics teachers help students 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.
To teach Home Economics, you’ll need to study a relevant degree plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or a degree that combines education with a Home Economics subject. And if these options don’t quite work for your circumstances, there are some alternative routes to consider.
Four-year university courses
The University of the Highlands and Islands (Perth College) offers an undergraduate degree in Home Economics teaching, the BA (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Textiles Education.
There are four undergraduate degrees at Scottish universities that meet the entry requirements for the PGDE Home Economics.
PGDE university courses
Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in Home Economics at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider.
Alternate routes into teaching
There are a number of new teacher education programmes designed to offer flexibility and encourage diversity in the profession. These include:
- HNC Professional Cookery – University of the Highlands and Islands
- Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education PGDE Secondary – University of Aberdeen
- Supported Induction Route (SIR) with a focus on STEM subjects – University of Dundee
There are other undergraduate degrees that would be eligible to apply for the HE PGDE if ‘top-up’ qualifications were gained.
‘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
Rachel O’Connor – Home Economics Teacher at St Kentigern’s Academy
“I chose teaching as I wanted to work with young people and make a difference. I always bring enthusiasm and passion for my subject which I pass to my pupils. I want them to learn, become independent and use the life skills I’ve taught them. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing pupils instinctively use the knowledge or skills you gave them.
"I had a brilliant experience of Home Economics at school and my teacher encouraged me to go into teaching. It’s a fun and fast paced subject which encourages you to be creative. For example, old recipes can be adapted and new ones invented. Lessons give pupils a sense of achievement as they have a final product at the end.
"If you’re thinking of becoming a teacher I’d say do it! If you're passionate about your subject, and you want to make a difference to young people’s lives then teaching is definitely for you."
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.”
Lynn Robertson – Home Economics Teacher at Cults Academy
“I came to teaching after having worked in other jobs and this gave me many transferable skills I could bring to the classroom. I had always enjoyed imparting knowledge, training and counselling staff and knew I wanted to work with young people so teaching felt like the ideal career.
"Being a Home Economics teacher is very rewarding as you are teaching young people essential life skills, giving them the opportunity to learn to cook healthy meals from scratch and, most importantly, showing them the enjoyment this activity can bring.
"If you are considering a career in teaching I would say take some time to come into a school to see what it is really like and speak to teachers about the profession. It is a varied, fast paced job which allows you to work with and have an impact on a large number of young people."