Food Preparation and Nutrition
This course is designed to build on basic skills and knowledge acquired at KS3 in Years 7, 8 and 9. It allows you to develop a broad knowledge of cookery and a detailed understanding of the related nutrition. It will help you develop a wide range of practical cookery skills as well as improving skills such as planning, organisation and timekeeping. The course covers the science behind cookery, enabling you to be able to explain what happens to the ingredients in the preparation and cooking processes.
How is the course structured and graded?
The first year is all about learning and working with the various food commodities. Fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat, fish, rice and pasta products are all covered. Each week, you will cook a dish related to one of the food groups and at the end of each six week block, you have the opportunity to showcase your own chosen recipe. The second year is a busy year where you carry out an investigation into a given topic (worth 15%), a practical assessment (worth 35%) and a final exam (worth 50%).
Will this course be suitable for me?
This course will appeal to students who enjoy working in a practical situation and have a passion for food. This course is not a cooking course, even though it has a strong practical element. As with all Level 2 courses, there is an expectation that the learner is able to carry out in-depth research, writing and analysis about given food topics. Students will also need to be able to work independently and have a desire to continually improve.
“I love the way this course has challenged me to become better. Not only in my cooking but in the way I choose more difficult and different recipes to make.” Student
What could this course lead to?
This course could potentially lead on to further study or an apprenticeship in the catering industry. Many who take this course move onto a Hospitality course in our Sixth Form. Courses include the BTEC Level 3 Award in Hospitality and the BTEC Technical Certificate
Mix of coursework and examination
Accepted for Sixth Form entry