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. There may be the opportunity to study an alternative qualification called an NCFE which is the equivalent to a GCSE and focuses more on the practical side of food and cooking skills, your teacher will make this decision during Y9.
What will you do?
Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:
• Food, nutrition and health
• Food science
• Food safety
• Food choice
• Food provenance.
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.
You will be expected to bring your own ingredients to each practical session and failure to follow the rules and responsibilities of working in the food room will result in you having to change options.
You will build upon skills learnt in years 7 and 8 and extend to make complex practicals. To some extent, you will be able to decide on what you make. You will learn about the science of foods and what foods do for our bodies. You will also learn about different cuisines of countries such as Italy, India, China and Mexico. You will be expected to bring in money for ingredients that are provided for you and on some occasions you will need to bring in your own ingredients.
You will continue to build upon skills from Y9. You will cover areas such as nutritional needs, food provenance and start to look at doing example tasks in preparation for you GCSE coursework. You will be expected to bring in money for ingredients provided to you and on some occasions you will need to bring your own ingredients.
You will start your coursework which is worth 50 % of your total marks. We will cover areas such as processing, Technological developments and start recapping and revise areas already covered ready for exams. You will be expected to bring in money for ingredients provided to you and for your coursework you will need to bring your own ingredients into lesson.
How will I be assessed?
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • 100 marks • 50% of GCSE
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.
There may be the opportunity to take part in a technical qualification instead of the GCSE, this is more of a vocational qualification that will run similar to the GCSE however the exam is worth 40% and is a lot less scientific, your teacher will decide which course is better suited to you at the end of Y9. You will still be expected to bring your own ingredients each week.
What skills will I learn?
- General practical skills
- Knife Skills
- Preparing fruit and vegetables
- Use of a cooker
- Use of equipment
- Cooking methods
- Prepare, combine and shape
- Sauce making
- Tenderise and marinate
- Raising agents
- Setting mixtures
How can Food Preparation and Nutrition help me in the future?
There are various careers in food and nutrition. Here are some examples:
- Chef, sous-chef;
- Cake Baker;
- Food manufacturing,
- Food Production and distribution;
- New product development;
- Public health (Change for life)
- Sports nutrition
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition provides you with a suitable foundation for the continued study of food, drink and nutrition at a more advanced level e.g.
- Level 3 in catering and hospitality
- Apprenticeships in hospitality and catering
How do I find out more?
Ask Miss Dagley-Eyre for more information and guidance.