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D&T Food Preparation & Nutrition

Qualification:  Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE

Exam Board/Specification: AQA

Is this course right for you?

This new GCSE 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. 

What does the course involve?

Topics covered are as follows: 

Food, nutrition and health:

  • Introduction to nutrition, macronutrients (protein, fats & carbohydrates), micronutrients (vitamins, minerals & water), making informed choices for a varied and balanced diet, energy needs and how to carry out a nutritional analysis.

Food science:

  • Why is food cooked and how heat is transferred to food
  • Selecting appropriate cooking methods
  • Functional and chemical properties of food (protein, carbohydrates, fats and oils, fruit and vegetables, raising agents)

Food safety:

  • Food spoilage and contamination (microorganisms and enzymes, the signs of food spoilage, microorganisms in food production, bacterial contamination, buying and storing food, preparing, cooking and serving food)

Food Choice:

  • Factors which influence food choice
  • Food labelling and marketing influences
  • British and international cuisines
  • Sensory evaluation

Food Provenance:

  • Environmental impact and sustainability of food (food sources and the environment)
  • Food processing and production
  • Technological developments associated with better health and food production

What about non-exam assessments (NEA’s) and exams?

The course is taken over two years and consists of two non-exam assessments worth 50% of the Final Grade. Task 1 (NEA): Food investigation (15%) and Task 2 (NEA): Food preparation assessment (35%).  Practical investigations are a compulsory element of these NEA tasks.  A final exam worth 50% of the final grade; taken at the end of year 11.

Progression Opportunities (Sixth Form and Beyond)

Employment Opportunities

Following completion of this course, you will be qualified to go on to further study and develop your knowledge of nutrition leading, eventually, to a university degree. Equally you will be able to embark on an apprenticeship or full time career in the catering or food industries.

Further Vocational and Academic Qualifications:

WJEC level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition.

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