Why choose GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

The new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition and food preparation.

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food origin

Upon conclusion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study, or embark on an apprenticeship or full time career in:

  • Catering Industry
  • Food Retail e.g. Sainsburys
  • Dietician
  • Environmental Health
  • Teaching
  • Health Education

How the Course is Assessed

20% Course work 1 : Students will make a variety of dishes showcasing a range of technical skills.

For example:

  1. Investigate what type of flour is best for breading making
  2. Investigate the use of raising agents in baked products
  3. investigate the ingredients used to thicken sauces and soups

30% Coursework 2 : Students will prepare, cook and present a menu of 3 dishes

For example:

  1. Plan, prepare, cook and present a range of dishes, using a variety of skills, which would be suitable for vegetarians.
  2. Plan, prepare, cook and present a range of dishes, using a variety of skills, which are a good source of fibre and would appeal to teenagers
  3. Plan, prepare, cook and present a range of dishes, using a variety of skills, from the Mediterranean culinary tradition

50% Exam: The exam focuses on food nutrition and health

Section A: Multiple choice questions

Section B: Case studies for you to demonstrate your learning

For further information please email Mrs Miller-Jones
h.miller-jones@thepolesworthschool.com