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KS4 Food Preparation and Nutrition

Key Stage 4 Course Information Page

Course Name : GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

What is the qualification?

One full GCSE awarded at grades 9 – 1.


What will I be doing on the course? How will it be structured?

In Year 10, students will complete a number of investigations and practical tasks to develop their knowledge, understanding, and skills in the following areas: (It is intended that the course will be mainly practical based) Food preparation skills – knife skills, cooking methods, raising agents, use of equipment. Food, nutrition, and health – macronutrients (proteins, fats), minerals, nutritional needs, and health.

Food science – cooking of food and heat transfer, functional and chemical properties of food, fats, and oils. Food safety – food spoilage and contamination, buying and storing food, preparing and cooking food. Factors affecting food choice – food labelling and marketing. Food provenance – food and the environment, sustainability of food.

Food processing and production – production of wheat, UHT milk, and how processing affects the nutritional properties of food. In Year 11 the non-examination assessment will be conducted, and this consists of two tasks. A food investigation task (1,500 – 2,00 words) which assesses the students knowledge of the working characteristics, functions, and chemical properties of ingredients. The second task is a food preparation assessment where students are assessed upon their knowledge, skills, and understanding in relation to the planning, prepara- tion, cooking, and presentation of food, and application of nutrition related to the chosen task. Students will prepare, cook, and present a final menu of three dishes within a three hour period, planning in advance how this will be achieved.

The examination at the end of Year 11 is worth 50%. The examination is 1 hour and 45 minutes and is a series of multiple choice questions worth 20 marks and a further five questions worth 80 marks.


The table below indicates the school terms in which the assessments will take place:

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 10Unit 1 workUnit 2 workUnit 2/3
Year 11Unit 3 Externally assessedUnit 4Unit 4

What skills do I need to develop to be successful at this course?

You should have an interest in making and developing food products. You must also have an open mind towards food and be willing to experiment with new and different ingredients. You will develop a range of food preparation and cooking techniques, as well as research, investigative, creative, evaluative and self- managing skills. You will also develop your knowledge of the theory related to food.

What could I use this qualification for?

Career paths include: food technology, food science, the health sector, product design, teaching, nutrition and dietetics and any practical or problem solving careers.