Food and Nutrition
What are the aims of the course?
Throughout Years 7 to 9 students will have produced a wide range of exciting projects in Design and Technology using graphics, food, and resistant materials. If you particularly enjoyed the creative and practical side of the subject then you now have the opportunity to specialise in one of three subject areas at GCSE
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
In all three areas students will cover a wide range of activities. Over the two years they will develop their creative designing and making skills. Students will also improve their technical knowledge and begin to learn about various industrial processes. Students are rewarded for producing imaginative and high quality products. We hope they will develop interests that lead them to follow a wide variety of careers closely associated with these subjects.
How will the course be assessed?
All courses are split into two components:
Written paper 50%
Non Exam Assessment 50%
In Food students are expected to work on two practical non-exam assessment tasks.
All 3 GCSEs have an enviable track record of high achievement when it comes to results. Many students traditionally exceed their target grades in these subjects.
Progression into the Sixth Form
Many students have enjoyed their GCSE studies so much that they go onto study A level Product Design or Food Science and Nutrition, both of which are highly successful courses.
Jobs associated with a Food qualification:
It can lead to Further Education/employment in a wide variety of areas, such as:
- Product Development
- Food Marketing/Production
What will you study?
Food Preparation and Nutrition is a very exciting and creative subject in which you will be ‘learning-through-making’. Students will develop an understanding for British and international culinary traditions, and at the heart of the qualification is a focus on developing practical cookery skills and a strong understanding of nutrition.
You will complete two assessed tasks in year 11 that contribute to 50% of your total GCSE mark. In task one, you will have the opportunity to carry out practical experimentation to investigate and evaluate how ingredients work and why, linked to a chosen brief. In task two you will undertake a project around a chosen context. This task involves a 3 hour practical at the end, and requires students to plan, prepare and cook a range of dishes for their chosen context. Students will have the opportunities to develop new and essential practical skills throughout the course.
What Year 11 students say about the course?
“I love my food lessons because it is great to make very different foods and to be creative with ingredients.”
“I really enjoy my master classes. They have developed my confidence to have a go at new skills”
“Food is fun and I really enjoy it. The theory lessons are even fun! You can show off your independence and combine practical skills with knowledge and it is exciting to find out new things”
How might it be useful in the future?
As well as learning many practical and life skills, the course involves developing study skills such as: research, investigation, menu planning, problem solving and evaluation. The food industry is one of the largest employers in the UK.