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Food & Nutrition

This exciting new specification focuses on creative high level practical cooking techniques to ensure that pupils develop a thorough understanding of the scientific principles behind food and nutrition, healthy eating, food provenance, seasonality and the working characteristics of food materials. It prepares pupils for living in a contemporary, changing and multi-cultural society. It places an emphasis on the choice and management of resources and making justified decisions to meet individual dietary needs.
Food preparation and cooking techniques will be assessed through the non-exam component.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Food, nutrition and health- macro and micro nutrients, individual nutritional needs.
  • Food science-functional and chemical properties of food
  • Food safety-food spoilage and contamination
  • Food choice-factors affecting food choice and British and International cuisines
  • Food Provenance- environmental impact and sustainability of foods

There will be 2 lessons a week, one will be theory based and one usually practical.
Food Investigation provides an opportunity to explore a board set task through practical work. Pupils must apply and demonstrate their understanding of the function and performance characteristics of food commodities – ingredients. The written report must include photographic evidence of the practical work.
Food Preparation assessment requires pupils to research, select, plan, prepare cook and serve a final menu of three dishes within a 3 hour period to fulfil a chosen task. A written portfolio must include photographic evidence of the practical work.


What is GCSE Food and Nutrition?

Food and Nutrition is about :-

Studying a Healthy Diet and Lifestyle

Learning about Nutrition

Hygiene and Safety

Food Preparation Equipment


Storage and Preparation of Food

How much and what sort of practical work?

We learn lots of cooking skills and cook most weeks

We bring ingredients from home

We are assessed in practical coursework

We keep a photo diary of practical work

We get people at home to taste test our practical.


In this GCSE you should:-



  • Be prepared to work hard
  • Be prepared to bring ingredients for practical lessons and practical assessed sessions
  • Be committed to an amount of written work to support your practical work in order to be assessed
  • Be prepared to come in some lunchtimes and after school to finish practical and written tasks