If you are studying GCSE Home Economics, you can find many useful resources online to help you to understand the ideas that you cover in class or to prepare for your exams.
1. The BBC doesn’t have a Bitesize section for Home Economics, but some of the information in the Food Technology section can still be useful for your revision. You can also find some useful information on healthy recipes and nutrition around the BBC website.
2. The Money Advice Service has some useful resources and budgeting tools that you can use when you are learning about how to manage expenses. You can also find other budgeting and meal planning tools online. Tesco and Sainsbury’s both have online meal planning tools, but you can also try sites such as Let’s Get Cooking at Home, which provide ideas on how to cook healthy food on a budget.
3. The Nutrition Program blog often features interesting stories related to the Home Economics GCSE course, including advice on coursework and preparing for the exams. It also covers some of the important health and nutrition stories that are currently in the news. The site is linked to the Nutrition Program, which is a tool for analysing the nutritional quality of recipes, but you don’t need to use this software in order to find the site useful for your GCSE. However, you can take a free trial of the nutrition analysis program on their website if you would like to test it out for your coursework.
4. The Food Standards Agency website is a good place to learn more about food safety and the importance of hygiene. The hygiene training videos are a particularly useful resource for students, but you can also explore other topics, learn what is expected of food businesses, or find out how the agency works to prevent unsafe practices. The FSA has also created the Safe Food, Better Business website, an interactive tool covering various food safety topics. It is intended for people working in catering or food retail, but the information is just as useful if you are studying for your GCSEs.
5. If you are working on topics relating to nutrition, you can also find plenty of online resources that can help you to learn more about different food groups and the importance of eating a healthy diet. The NHS has some useful resources that can help you to understand the roles of different food groups in the diet. You can also try some interesting activities here to test yourself on how much you have learned, and explore issues such as cooking on a budget.
6. The NHS is also a good source of information if you are focusing on child development as part of your Home Economics course. The Birth to Five development timeline gives a good overview of the ideas that you will be covering in class, but there are also some useful resources on issues relating to child health.
7. The British Nutrition Foundation is another good resource for information on health and nutrition. You can find some useful resources on its main website, but it also runs the Food a Fact of Life program, which has its own site designed to help Home Economics students learn about nutrition.
8. If you want to explore foods around the world, or understand more about the dietary restrictions you will cover if you are discussing cultural issues as part of your Home Economics syllabus, then you might want to visit Food by Country or Faith and Food to learn more. Food by Country provides information and recipes from every country, while Faith and Food offers an overview of different religious requirements. It can also tell you where you can try different cuisines if you are living in London.
9. The internet can be a great source of nutritious and challenging recipes, so if you are looking for ideas to use on your Home Economics course, there is plenty of inspiration to be found online. Many bloggers post recipes and you can also find useful video demonstrations on YouTube, or explore the websites of celebrity chefs like Delia Smith and Jamie Oliver. Epicurious is another good site, particularly if you are looking for something a little more adventurous.