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Food Technology

Students cover three projects, on rotation across the year. These include Food Technology, Product Design and Textiles Technology and last for around 12 weeks.  Please see Design Technology for further information.

Students cover three projects, on rotation across the year. These include Food Technology, Product Design and Textiles Technology and last for around 12 weeks.  Please see Design Technology for further information.

Food Technology focuses on staple foods and the products which we make will all include one of our staple foods. We will also be looking at healthy eating through the interpretation and use of the Eatwell Guide.

Students cover three projects, on rotation across the year. These include Food Technology, Product Design and Textiles Technology and last for around 12 weeks. Please see Design Technology for further information.

Food Technology focuses on food safety. This will include the storage of foods, food allergens and the labelling of foods. Practical tasks are more advanced to help develop the cooking skills of students. These will include techniques such as short crust pastry making.

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

Food Preparation and Nutrition focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure that students develop a greater understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food ingredients. At the heart of the qualification is a focus on developing practical cookery skills and an in-depth understanding of nutrition.

What will we study?

This course will help you develop a greater understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. You’ll learn about food from around the world, through the study of British and international culinary traditions as well as developing an understanding of where food comes from (food provenance) and the challenges surrounding food security. You’ll master culinary skills and appreciate the science behind food and cooking. This is an exciting and creative course which will allow you to demonstrate your practical skills and make connections between theory and practice.

The course is based on 5 core topics:

  • Nutrition & Health
  • Food Science
  • Food Safety
  • Food Choice
  • Food Provenance

Assessment

There will be one exam for this qualification which is worth 50% of the total marks. This will assess your knowledge of the theory behind food preparation and nutrition.

The second part of the assessment will involve coursework and will consist of two tasks, both involving a practical element.

Task 1: Students will carry out an investigation into the scientific principles that underpin the preparation and cooking of food. This task will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and apply your understanding of the science behind cooking. You’ll investigate ingredients and explain how they work and why.

Task 2: Students will plan, prepare, cook and present three dishes. This involves carrying out research into possible recipes, followed by a 3 hour practical “exam” which will take place in the spring of Year 11.

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is for students who have a passion and interest in food and nutrition. Students choosing the course need to be organised, enjoy experimenting with food and be willing to try new foods. You should already be cooking to a reasonable standard at home. This course will make you a better cook but you should have the basic skills to start with and build upon.

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the course students can go on to further study or embark on an apprenticeship or full-time career in the catering or food industries.

The food industry is one of the World’s fastest growing industries and the opportunities for employment really are endless………..from kitchen porter through to Sous Chef or Michelin Star Head Chef. Other roles could see you working as a sports nutritionist, a food developer or in large scale production helping to make food for supermarkets. There could be opportunities to work for multinational companies which allow for travel and working abroad if you wish to spread your wings.