Food Technology

Food Technology

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

It encourages learners to cook, enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

It is vital that we have an understanding of nutrition and food, to sustain a healthy lifestyle and to educate future generations. BY studying food preparation and nutrition we can investigate the role diet has in the health and well-being of individuals.

Component 1- Principles of Food Preparation and Nutrition

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

50% of the qualification 100 marks

Learners should be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the six areas of content.

Component 2 - Food Preparation and Nutrition in Action

Non-examination assessment

50% of the qualification 100 marks

Learners will be able to select from a choice of two tasks for each assessment, these include practical investigations and the development of skills.

What has been happening in the department recently?

Year 8 Historical project - in conjunction with Newcastle University, students studied and recreated old recipes. Then took part in a local re-enactment.

Future chefs - School and local heats. Students planned and created their own dishes.

I took this subject as it supports the other A-levels I do. I enjoy using case studies and linking my knowledge. I hope to do sport and nutrition at university.
Year 13 student

Potential career paths and further study

Students who study food prepetration often go on to study food and nutrition at A level, thus allowing them to consider careers in hospitality, food research or go on to university. Many students have gone on to study food science at university, while considering careers in the sporting, medical and leisure industries.

Because it is something different. I feel that I am not just learning but putting skills into practice.
Year 11 student