Examination Board: WJEC
Qualification: GCSE

Head of Department:
Mr Steve Berry

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Food Preparation & Nutrition

This is a brand new course and replaces GCSE Catering, Food Technology and Food and Nutrition

Course contents

The Course will give learners the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking a variety of food commodities whilst using different cooking techniques and equipment.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the functional properties and chemical characteristics of food as well as a sound knowledge of the nutritional content of food and drinks.
  • Understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health, including the physiological and psychological effects of poor diet and health.
  • Understand the economic, environmental, ethical and socio-cultural influences on food availability, production processes, diet and health choices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of functional and nutritional properties, sensory qualities and microbiological food safety considerations when preparing, processing, storing, cooking and serving food.
  • Understand and explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional British and international) to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes.


Component 1: Principles of Food Preparation and Nutrition

This is a written examination and is worth 50% of qualification

Component 2: Food Preparation and Nutrition in Action

Non exam assessment which is based on two pieces of coursework that is set by WJEC, internally assessed and then externally moderated. The coursework options are released in

September and November of Yr11 and are worth 50% of the qualification in total.

Why choose this course

The course is highly practical and involves experimental work as well as learning how to cook a variety of highly skilled dishes. The coursework also requires practical work and forms a large part of the assessment marks. If you are interested in nutrition then this is the course for you as you will be learning about the requirements of the human body and is a great support for anyone looking at medical school in the future. You will also have the opportunity to enter the Stroud Rotary Junior Chef competition.


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