Food Preparation & Nutrition GCSE

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Examination Board AQA 8585
Subject Leader Miss Auburn
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The aim of the course:
This GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. During the course you will be given the opportunity to practice a wide range of practical skills along with having a greater understanding of nutrition, the science behind food as a material and the wider environmental aspects associated with food.
The course is taught in a very “hands on” practical way. Students will learn how to make connections between theory and practice to apply their knowledge of food and nutrition.

Course content:

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

1. Food, nutrition and health
2. Food science
3. Food safety
4. Food choice
5. Food provenance


In Year 11 students will complete two Non Examination Assessments (NEA):

Task 1: Food Science Investigation (approx.10 hours) 15% of GCSE

Task 2: Food preparation Assessment (approx.20 hours including a 3 hour practical assessment) 35% of GCSE

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minute exam, 50% of GCSE