Food Preparation and Nutrition
How long is the course?
This is a one year course (8 lessons per fortnight)
Who is the course for?
This course is suitable for students who are determined to work hard, engage in independent and group activities and meet deadlines. GCSE Food preparation and Nutrition is a course which requires skill, concentration and dedication. Organization is extremely important when taking this course as you will be expected to arrive prepared and ready to learn as deadlines will be short and tasks direct. This 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, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition. Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics: • Food, nutrition and health • Food science • Food safety • Food choice • Food provenance.
What entry qualifications do I need?
Please refer to the website for the most up to date entry requirements: http://www.stroodacademy.org/sixthform
How will I be assessed?
Your GCSE will cover the following areas: Unit 1: External Task Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 100 Marks- 50% of GCSE Questions • Multiple choice questions (20 marks) • Five questions each with a number of sub questions (80 marks) Assessment of theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition in the following: Food, Nutrition and Health Food Science Food Safety Food Choice Food Provenance Unit 2: Externally Set Task 50% of GCSE Task 1: Food investigation Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients. Practical investigations are a compulsory element of this task. Task 2: Food preparation assessment Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task. L2 FOOD PREPARATION AND NUTRITION Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved. Task 1: Written or electronic report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation. • Task 2: Written or electronic portfolio including photographic evidence. Photographic evidence of the three final dishes must be included.
What could I do after the course?
Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study, or embark on an apprenticeship or full time career in the catering or food industries.
What else do I need to know?
This is a new specification which has not yet been finalized by the exam board.
What will I be studying?
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition specification sets out the knowledge, understanding
and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.
Students must be able to make the connections between theory and practice to apply their
understanding of food and nutrition to practical preparation. The topics studied are:
1. Food, nutrition and health
2. Food science
3. Food safety
4. Food choice
5. Food provenance.