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Food Preparation & Nutrition (WJEC) KS4

Course Overview

Food preparation and nutrition equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

By studying food preparation and nutrition learners will:

  • be able to demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking a variety of food commodities whilst using different cooking techniques and equipment
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the functional properties and chemical characteristics of food as well as a sound knowledge of the nutritional content of food and drinks
  • understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health, including the physiological and psychological effects of poor diet and health
  • understand the economic, environmental, ethical and socio-cultural influences on food availability, production processes, diet and health choices
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of functional and nutritional properties, sensory qualities and microbiological food safety considerations when preparing, processing, storing, cooking and serving food
  • understand and explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional British and international) to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes

Assessment Criteria

Component 1
Principles of food preparation and nutrition 50%
Written exam - 1 hour 45 mins
Component 2
Food preparation and nutrition in action 50%
Assessment 1 (8 hours), Assessment 2 (12 hours)

Where next?

GCSE Food is a good preparation for further study for BTEC Food or BTEC Catering. Those that have studied GCSE Food have gone into careers in the catering environment, nutrition, dietary care and sport related industries.

Key Stage 5

Exam Board: WJEC

Contact: Miss R Foster

Course Overview

Year 12 - BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Food Science and Nutrition - equivalent to AS levels

Year 13 - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition - equivalent to A2 levels

This course will enable the learner to demonstrate an understanding of the science of food safety, nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts and through on-going practical sessions, to gain practical skills to produce quality food items to meet the needs of individuals. It has been designed to offer exciting, interesting experiences that focus learning for 16-19 year old learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful, work-related contexts, linked to the food production industry.

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs A*-C or 4-9 to include Maths and English Lang/Lit Grade 5 + GCSE Food Grade 4

Where can Food Tech take me?

A BTEC in Food Tech is useful if you want to continue to HE with a course in Food Science, Food Microbiology, and nutrition and Food Technology. It's not just for those who want to go on to be a chef; many students go to careers such as nutritionists or dietitians, process development scientists, purchasing managers or even technical brewers.


Year 12 Assessment
Nutrition 1 written examination +
3 coursework assignments
Year 13 Assessment
Food Hygiene and Safety 1 controlled assignment task given with 3 weeks to produce the assignment


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