Overview: This course is equivalent to an A level, with up to 60 UCAS points for the D* (Distinction*) award.
The course is taught over 2 years. In the first year an examination and coursework is submitted for this unit. Both units must be completed in Year 12 if learners want to cash in for a certificate and not continue to year 13. In Year 13 three units must be completed, including a case study, an assignment and a 90 minute exam. The Diploma is equivalent to a GCE A level qualification, in size, depth, rigour, performance and UCAS points.
Learners will be required to undertake study of food production methods, food safety, properties of nutrients, plan the production of complex dishes and cook them, analysis of current issues in food and nutrition and the application of policies in assisting with guidelines and health benefits of a healthy diet.
Although there are no formal entry requirements, the qualification supports progression from GCSEs in Hospitality and Catering, Food Technology, Design and Technology, Biology, Chemistry and Physical Education.
Together with relevant Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Sociology and Maths and/or Level 3 qualifications in Hospitality or Science, learners will gain the required knowledge to progress to higher education degree courses, such as:
•BSc Food and Nutrition
•BSc Human Nutrition
•BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition
•BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology
Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates.
An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles. Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors. Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that that support healthy eating initiatives.