Food Technology

Department Information

Students follow a variety of technology options throughout Year 7 and then have the option to continue this into Year 8 and 9. The options currently available are Food Technology, Textiles and Product Design. Currently at GCSE we offer Food Technology but are looking at expanding this in the future.

In Years 7-9, the Food Technology course focuses on key skills to ensure that students are able to produce simple and affordable dishes which are also nutritious.

In Year 7 they are introduced to basic skills and how to use each part of the oven.

In Year 8 students will cover a “Foods around the world” project and a “Buffet food” project.

In Year 9 students will follow a course that is planned so that students are able to move confidently into Key Stage 4 should they wish to choose this as one of their options.

A variety of recipes will be made and a text message will be sent home with the ingredients required a week before needed.


At GCSE the two year course offered is AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition. The examination specification for this course can be accessed on the AQA website at

The course is split into two sections – 50% examination and 50% NEA (Non Examined Assessment).

In Year 10, students will build up their practical skills and food knowledge through a variety of activities and termly tests.

In Year 11, students will complete two Non Examined Assessments. The first will be a Food Investigation assessed with a written report consisting of 1,500-2,000 words. The second task is a Food Preparation Assessment resulting in a three hour practical examination and a written portfolio.


This is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials.


Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

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

Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study, or embark on an apprenticeship or full time career in the catering or food industries.

This is a brand new course so there may be some alterations made by the exam board within the upcoming months.


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