Food Science and Nutrition
“Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat”
This is an exciting level three course (equivalent to one ‘A’ level) which will allow learners to gain a wealth of knowledge about Food Science and Nutrition. You will have the opportunity to learn about the relationship between the human body and food, as well as developing advanced practical skills to prepare and cook challenging and creative menus.
Units could include:
1. Planning to meet nutritional needs (Compulsory unit)
2. Developing practical food production skills
3. Ensuring food is safe to eat
4. Experimenting to solve food production problems
5. Current issues in consumer food choice
There is a strong emphasis on practical work and applying knowledge, making this an ideal choice for learners who prefer to learn by doing
A minimum of grade 4 in Maths and English Langplus at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 5
Subject Specific Requirements
Grade 5 in Food (if studied at GCSE). Grade 5 in English Lang and Grade 5 in a science
The Food teaching staff use a mixture of formal learning methods (e.g. note taking and essay writing) and less formal methods such as developing cooking skills.
The qualification is assessed through controlled assessments (internally assessed and externally moderated in Year 12 and 13) and through an examination at the end of Year 12.
The qualification offers:
· A chance to develop both practical and academic skills through applied learning.
· Flexible choices, so learners can specialise in certain areas of interest.
· Assessment through a combination of project work and practical work which caters for different learning styles
· A stimulating grounding in the study of Food Science and Nutrition leading to a variety of degree courses in Food and Nutrition
By studying this Level 3 certificate students will gain the required knowledge to be able to consider and seek employment at a specific level, within the food and drink sectors of hospitality and catering, food production or the food retail industry; or use the qualification to support entry to higher/further education courses e.g. BSc Food and Nutrition, BSc Human Nutrition, BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition, BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology.