Food and Nutrition

What is included in the course?

Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting new food GCSE which is designed to offer an interesting and stimulating programme of study. Students will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. Students will be encouraged to cook with a wide range of skills and be able to make informed decisions about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways as well as develop vital life skills that will enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

How will I be assessed?

  • Current year 11 are completing AQA GCSE Home Economics (Food and Nutrition). This GCSE consists of an exam worth 40% and controlled assessment worth 60%.
  • Year 9 and 10 are completing the new specification AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition. This course is split into two areas:
    • Unit 1 – Written paper (Exam) 50% of the total marks awarded.
    • Unit 2 -Non-exam assessment including practical investigations. 50% of the total marks awarded.

Recommended reading

  • Current AQA GCSE Home Economics (Food and Nutrition) revision guides are supplied by Mrs Champion.
  • New Specification AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition revision guides will be published by Illuminate Publishing.
  • BBC Food websites for recipes and video clips.
  • YouTube for food preparation skills.
  • www.nutrition.org.uk 
  • www.foodafactoflife.org.uk

Hints Tips Advice

Students should be encouraged to practice and develop food preparation skills at home. There are a number of good websites with recipes; UK based websites are recommended by AQA. Many include video clips of preparation techniques.

Career progression and opportunities

Students could go on to careers in the caring sector for example as Dieticians, Nurses, Carers. Other career paths include the food service sector. We have one ex student working for Gordon Ramsey in one of his London restaurauts.

Who should I contact for more information?

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