Food Preparation and Nutrition

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Welcome to the Design and Technology Department. We offer a range of subjects that allow students to prepare for further education and the world of work. Please feel free to browse our page for further information.   We offer GCSE Design and Technology to KS4 students. The course offers a range of topics to prepare students for their future careers.
Type of course:   GCSE
How is the course assessed?
1 x exams (1hr 45 minutes) worth 50& of course:
Multiple choice questions (20 marks)
Five questions each with a number of sub questions (80 marks)
CA worth 50% of course - split up over 2 tasks
Task 1:
Food Investigation
  • Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.
  • Written or electronic report (1,500 - 2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation.

Task 2:

Food Preparation Assessment

  • Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task.
  • Students will prpeare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.
  • Written or electronic portfolio including photographic evidence.  Photographic evidence of the three final dishes must be included.
What topics/ units will you study?
This new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them 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 Provenance
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need ?
It would suit students who are hoping to go into The Catering and Hospitality industry and/or who are planning on studying it further in college.  You need to be organised and enthusiastic.
What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?
Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study, or embark on an apprenticeship or full time career in the catering or food industries
How will this course help you to get a job?
You will enquire the basic skills needed, ready to learn the more advanced skills at college.
Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?
Mrs Lucas in 0H01.
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
Wade Smith, "I like Food Technology because the teachers are helpful and I like making different dishes.”