Food Preparation and Nutrition

Food Learning Journey

Course Outline ‐ What will I learn?


Food preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure pupils develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, the source of the food and the science behind food ingredients.  

Pupils will nurture their practical cooking skills to give them confidence to cook and experiment because of their understanding of the food ingredients. 

Food preparations are integrated into five core topic areas: 

  • Food nutrition and health 
  • Food science 
  • Food safety 
  • Food choice 
  • Food provenance 


Food preparation is a scientific and practical subject which requires

  • food preparation skills and techniques 
  • a knowledge of cooking times to test for readiness 
  • judge and modify sensory properties, smell, taste,  appearance etc
  • prepare, combine and shape 
  • how to tenderise and marinate 
  • the function of micronutrients and macronutrients proteins, fats, carbohydrates and minerals
  • nutritional needs and health 
  • functional and chemical properties of food 

How will it be assessed?

Coursework NEA1 ­ 15% of the total marks – Internally assessed 

Coursework NEA2 ­ 35% of the total marks – Internally assessed 

Exam ­ 50% of the total marks – Externally assessed 

For more information

Please contact: K.O’Neill on

What parents need to know

The course allows pupils to express their creativity and prepare and cook food dishes. They will need to be organised as food recipes need to be prepared in advance. They will learn about the science and function of ingredients, this will develop skills and knowledge of food preparation.  

Potential further study and careers

There are various careers in Graphics. Here are some examples: 

  • Chef; 
  • Teacher; 
  • Nutritionist; 
  • Food critic; 
  • Restaurant manager, worker, owner ; 
  • Scientist sensory testing; 
  • Food designer – theatre / T.V 

Ex pupils’ experiences

I chose Food as I like to be creative and look into how food is cooked and how different dishes are created. I think from studying food you gain many different skills, such as teamwork and resilience. Personally I feel like I  have learned to be more patient and this subject has especially helped me in me management. I love working  with my friends and learning about different food combinations and different recipes that I would never have  known before. I would say to achieve well in food, you need to be willing to work hard and take care of your  own responsibilities.”  Y11 pupil

“The reason that I chose food was because I really enjoy being creative and wanted to learn new skills. By opting for this subject I have learned to be resilient and patient which is useful for the future. I really enjoy  being creative when it comes to making new things and I also enjoy trying foods that I haven’t had before and  completing practical’s.”