GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition

What will I learn?

In studying Food Preparation & Nutrition students will:

  • Learn about different foods, ingredients, processes and techniques.
  • Develop practical cooking skills.
  • Understand about diets and health.
  • Plan, prepare and cook a range of dishes based on skill development
  • Know how to plan and cost a meal
  • Produce dishes of high quality with an emphasis on presentation

Practical work is used to back up theory lessons, and enhance the learning of skills.

In addition to the subject knowledge Food preparation and Nutrition will help students to develop some important skills that will be useful in other subjects and in their future lives. These include:

  • Organisation skills
  • Life skills
  • Independent skills
  • Team working skills
  • Information and communication skills

How will I be assessed?

  • One written exam accounts for 50% of the final grade.
  • Two controlled assessments during the course
    • plan a menu of three dishes, then prepare, cook and present it in a 4 hour period;
    • investigate and evaluate the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients creating a report setting out their findings.

What are the costs?

Students will have regular practicals for which they will need to bring in their own ingredients from home, a container to cook the product in and a bag or box to carry the food home in.

It is advised that students purchase a Revision Guide which is around £3.50.

Is there anything else I need to know?

All students are responsible for looking after their ingredients and dishes correctly. Each student is responsible for clearing away and tidying up efficiently at the end of each practical lesson.

A lot of the learning is achieved through the practical. Therefore, it is critical that students bring in their ingredients for every practical.

Future opportunities

Hospitality and catering is a growing sector of the jobs market and there are numerous opportunities within this industry from retail, hotel work, chef etc. there is also the opportunity to attend college and study catering to BTEC or degree level. Apprenticeships are also available in a variety of local establishments.

Exam board: WJEC

Who should I contact for extra information?

margaret.ward@biddenham.beds.sch.uk