Curriculum
Food Technology

Food Technology

Do you like cooking? Are you interested in how food materials function, health and nutrition? Does the design of food products for people in restaurants, canteens, shops and other places outside the home interest you?

This new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure you develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing your practical cookery skills to give you a strong understanding of nutrition. Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

• Food, nutrition and health

• Food science

• Food safety

• Food choice

• Food provenanceIt is essential that you are prepared to take part in practical work at least once a week and bring the necessary ingredients. Being organised and having an enquiring mind as well as being prepared to work at times in a team as well as independently are important requirements. There is also written work to back up all the practical work. There is 50% controlled assessment and 50% exam in this course.

Furthermore, the practical element of the course will provide the fundamental building blocks for budgeting and the ability to create food products that will contribute to a healthy life style – essential life skills as well as linking with many other subjects such as Science, PE, History  and Geography in particular.

The content and skills taught through this course will be relevant to a range of careers, for example: sports nutritionist, dietician, food scientist, catering and hospitality and social care.

If you need any more information please see Mrs Robinson.

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food/gcse/food-preparation-and-nutrition-8585

Please note the current year 11 (2016-2017) are completed the GCSE Food Technology course which is 60% Controlled Assessment and 40% Exam. This course has covered similar topics to that above but it is assessed differently.

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-food-technology-4545