Why should I study food preparation and nutrition?

Food and Nutrition provides a dynamic, fun and social way to learn. The specification is taught through a mix of practicals and coursework, which will cultivate your curiosity of food, through science and its aesthetic qualities. This will develop your ability to become an informed consumer, giving you the opportunity to make the right choices for you, but have the understanding to change them to suit your lifestyle

Understanding and working with food is a life skill that is important for your wellbeing. The course will give you skills that will be valuable throughout your life, through practical application and the understanding of nutrition, whilst it is also a subject that opens a variety of career choices which will make good use of your skills and ability to think on your feet.

What will I study?

  • Food, Nutrition and Health
  • Food Science
  • Food Safety
  • Food Choice
  • Food Provenance

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How is the content spread over the two-year course?

We focus on practical cooking skills that will help you develop an understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food.

The contents of the course are divided over the six terms in Year 10, so that the food preparation skills covered practically reflect a carefully planned amalgamation of the content. You will keep an accurate account of all work covered in Year 10, so it is easily accessible for your NEA tasks in Year 11.

You will be assessed each time you cook, with relevant verbal feedback. Your knowledge and understanding of the theory content will be assessed through verbal and written communication weekly, cumulating in a termly written test.

How will I be assessed?

The exam board for this course is AQA and assessment is divided between non-exam assessment (NEA) and a final written exam at the end.

Paper 1: Food Preparation and Nutrition

  • Topics covered: nutrition and health, food science, food safety, food choice, food provenance
  • Exam duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks – 50% of GCSE

NEA Task 1: Food Investigation

  • Investigation on the scientific functions of ingredients
  • Pupils are given a choice of three tasks to choose from
  • Assessed by a written report (1500 to 2000 words) including photographic evidence of practical investigation
  • 30 marks – 15% of GCSE

NEA Task 2: Food Preparation Assessment

  • A practical exam – plan, prepare, cook and present a menu of three dishes suitable for your chosen task
  • Pupils are given a choice of three tasks to choose from
  • Assessed by written portfolio including photographic evidence of the three final dishes.
  • 70 marks – 35% of GCSE

What are the next steps?

Should you wish to choose food preparation and nutrition, you will need to add it as the main choice in either the Option 2 or Option 4 box. If you have any further questions about this course, please contact our Teacher of Food, Mrs Hoyle, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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