The course is designed to develop an understanding of food and nutrition. It will enable students to apply dietary knowledge with practical skills to recognise the needs of different target groups and produce high quality products. This course will increase awareness of current issues in the food, nutrition, environment and health as well as developing an understanding of industrial practices in food production.
Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills Coursework 60% of the total AS marks 30% of the total GCE marks
In this unit students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. Students will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making products. Students are encouraged to be as creative as possible.
Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice 1 hour 30 minute examination 40% of the total AS marks 20% of the total GCE marks.
In this unit students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials, components, additives and processes used in the design and production of food products.
Unit 3: Food Products, Nutrition and Product Development 2-hour examination 40% of the total A2 marks 20% of the total GCE marks.
In this Unit students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of food commodities, aspects of nutrition, product development and food innovation.
A2 Unit 4: Commercial Design Coursework 60% of the total A2 marks 30% of the total GCE marks
In this Unit students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a food product of their choice. In order to reach high attainment levels, students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional might deal with a design problem and its resolution.
A minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or above are required including science. Previous experience in GCSE Food Technology is desirable. If you have not studied this subject since Year 9 please see Mrs Gordon to discuss the course requirements and your suitability before choosing it.
- Students must demonstrate an enthusiasm and ability in practical work and be prepared to develop their practical skills outside the classroom.
- An awareness of current food issues which will be kept up-to-date by reading newspapers, journals and watching relevant news programmes.
- For every hour taught students spend an hour in private study.
Extra-Curricular Activities/Independent Learning Opportunities:
Students have the opportunity to visit food producers, food factory visits in recent years have included Weetabix, Geest (Saxon Valley) and Orchard House Foods (suppliers of desserts and fresh fruit drinks to Marks and Spencers).
The qualification is useful to a wide variety of university courses, it is complimented by Biology and Business Studies courses, but can be applied to many areas including health, dietetics and nutrition, sports science, teaching, marketing and of course the food industry is a major employer in the UK today with a huge range of career opportunities.
A really enjoyable subject! I really liked the mixture of theory and practical work.
A good choice for anyone who enjoys working in a creative way – very supportive teachers, help you to achieve the very best coursework grades which take the off some of the exam pressure.
The coursework is hard work, but you do a lot of practical work and choose what you want to cook. It is very rewarding and your friends and family enjoy tasting everything you make.