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Food Preparation and Nutrition

Students will study Food Preparation Skills, Food Nutrition and Health, Food Safety, Food Science, Food Provenance, Food Choice.

During the course you will be given the opportunity to practise a wide range of skills along with having a greater understanding of nutrition, the science behind food as a material, where food comes from and wider environmental aspects associated with food.

In Years 9 and 10 students will develop their practical skills in food preparation throughout the year, along with completing a series of modules involving written theory work and food experiments.

In Year 11 students will concentrate on completing two Non Examination Assessments (NEA) using a variety of research and investigation methods. Students will respond to one of three specified tasks set by the exam board. Students will not carry out as much food preparation in Year 11 due to NEA and preparing for their exam.

Students will enjoy Food Preparation and Nutrition, if they are organised and enjoy experimenting with food. It is important for students choosing the course to enjoy preparing and cooking new foods. Students will complete experiments and some taste testing as part of their practical work. The course relies on basic scientific knowledge and you will therefore develop your own scientific knowledge throughout the course.

The course is taught in a “hands on” practical way; consequently the purchase of ingredients is essential. Time will also need to be allocated to visiting the supermarket. If cost is a concern please ensure you have a confidential discussion with Miss Poundall prior to selecting Food Preparation and Nutrition as an option choice. Students are also expected to do their own ingredients shopping (they may do this with parents, but it is important that students pick out what they are buying so they can be fully organised) and be prepared for lessons, having familiarised themselves with their recipes prior to attending class.

NEA Task 1 – Food Science Investigation (10 hours) = 15% of GCSE
NEA Task 2 – Food Preparation Assessment (20 hours including a 3 hour practical assessment) = 35% of GCSE
1 hour 45 minute exam = 50% of GCSE

Progression/Further Study
This course will give you valuable key life skills enabling you to cook and make informed choices about what and how well you are eating.

Examples of careers within food include: Nutritionist, Food Sales and Promotion, Product Development, Consumer Technologist, Chef/Caterer, Food writer, Environmental Health Officer, Store Manager.