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You will enjoy this course if you are interested in cooking and would like to know more about nutrition and how dishes are produced. This is a Science based course with a focus on how food works, and its functional and chemical properties.


The GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills. It will ensure that you develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, where food comes from and how you can work with different types of food. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing your skills and aims to give you a strong understanding of nutrition. Of the 5 lessons over two weeks one lesson is practical with the other a mixture of investigations and written work.


Exam board: AQA
This course consists of a project which is divided into two tasks and a written exam.
Task 1 is an investigation showing your understanding of how to work with food and the properties of different ingredients. You will do this through practical investigations and research.
Task 2 is a food preparation assessment of your knowledge, skills and understanding of the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of food. You also need to show how you have considered nutrition relating to the chosen task. You will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.
The two tasks are worth 50% and should be completed by Christmas in Year 11.
Written exam. This involves a 1 hour 45min written paper where you will be expected to demonstrate your knowledge of food, nutrition and food production methods. This is worth 50%.