Food Science and Nutrition

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Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

Food and Nutrition is a new GCSE replacing Food Technology. We now have a much stronger focus on food preparation skills and nutrition and this is reflected in our schemes of work which, as well as preparing students for GCSE, also equip students with the life skills they need to be able to plan, prepare and cook a range of healthier dishes for themselves.

Year 7

During year 7 we focus on students learning basic skills such as how to use a knife safely and using the hob. Students learn the basic skill of rubbing in to make a range of sweet baked products. In terms of nutrition, students learn about the macronutrients and how to apply basic healthy eating principles to every- day life. As students only have 1 hour lesson per fortnight we focus mainly on our students having the opportunity to cook and students are assessed on their practical skills as well as their ability to work as part of a team with the ultimate aim of working more independently towards the end of the year.

Year 8

The focus this year is on Staple foods from around the world. As well as giving students a good grounding in working with a wide variety of basic commodity foods, this year also gives them further opportunity to build up their bank of skills should they choose to study GCSE. Again, as students only have 1 hour lesson per fortnight we focus mainly on our students having the opportunity to cook in order to develop their understanding of reading recipes and working more independently. Students are assessed on their practical skills and their use of technical terminology when planning and evaluating dishes.

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GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

The course equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. The course encourages students to cook whilst enabling them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition. The course gives them the required knowledge and confidence to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously now, and in later life. There are 6 main areas of content;

1. Food commodities

2. Principles of nutrition

3. Diet and good health

4. The science of food

5. Where food comes from

6. Cooking and food preparation

This is a linear qualification where all assessments must be taken in year 11. There are two non-examination assessments to be completed in Year 11 which make up 50% of the total qualification. Students will sit a 1 hour 45 minute examination in year 11 which makes up the other 50% of the qualification.

Exam board – EDUQAS

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