Food Preparation & Nutrition (OCR) 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

Course Title:

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (9-1)

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Assessment Criteria

Content Overview Assessment Overview

This content should be covered throughout all three components.

Section A: Nutrition
Section B: Food - food provenance and food choice
Section C: Cooking and food preparation
Section D: Skills requirements - preparation and cooking

Food Preparation and Nutrition
1 hour 30 minutes written examination paper
50% of total GCSE
Food Investigation Task
Non-examined assessment (NEA)
15% of total GCSE
Food Preparation Task
Non-examined assessment (NEA)
Plan, prepare and cook 3 dishes in 3 hours
35% of total GCSE

Where next?

Those that have studied GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition have gone into careers in the catering environment, nutrition, dietary care and sport related industries.

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