This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages you to cook, enables you to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows you to acquire knowledge in order for you to feed yourself and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.
Over the two years, you will be given the opportunity to develop technical skills, through practical and experimental work. This opportunity will allow you to develop sound technical skills whilst exploring and consolidating knowledge and understanding relating to food preparation and nutrition. The areas of content covers: food commodities, principles of nutrition, diet and good health, the science of food, where food comes from and cooking and food preparation.
The coursework consists of two in depth studies that will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the subject and practical ability. The coursework comprises of two tasks that combined together are worth 50% of the final grade.
Assessment 1 : The Food Investigation Assessment 15% of the total qualification.
Assessment 2 : The Food Preparation Assessment 35% of the total qualification.
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition will be of particular interest to those students who enjoy food science, practical work, are well organised, and enjoy working with food.
As well as developing interpersonal skills, problem solving, team building and leadership skills, GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is a good qualification for those considering a future in career within the catering and hospitality industry. It will also be useful for those considering roles in food development, food manufacturing, the health care sector, food retail, nutrition and sports science.