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Hungerhill School Hungerhill

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Food Preparation and Nutrition is a course which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when planning, manufacturing, evaluating, and analysing a range of food products. Students will learn about nutrition, food provenance, food science, food choice, food styling and the function of ingredients. Learning will take place through participation in a wide range of practical and investigative activities. The course allows students to work in a variety of learning styles, it encourages independent and interdependent learning and the development of creativity and independent thought. It challenges existing perceptions and investigates and encourages the use of new ideas and ingredients. The course allows students to take control of their own learning and prepares them for the world of work.

Mrs C Wake

Mrs C Wake
Curriculum Leader



Exam Board:

AQA 8585


GCSE - Single Award


Food preparation and nutrition (written examination, 50%)

Task 1: Food investigation written report (non-exam assessment, 15%)

Task 2: Food preparation assessment written portfolio (35%)

Outline of course content:

This is a new, 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. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.


Outline of course structure:

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

  1. Food, Nutrition, and Health - macro nutrients, micro nutrients, nutritional needs, and health
  2. Food Science - cooking of food, heat transfer, and the functional and chemical properties of food
  3. Food Safety - food spoilage, contamination, and the principles of food safety
  4. Food Choice - factors affecting food choice, British and international cuisines, sensory evaluation, food labelling, and marketing
  5. Food Provenance - environmental impact and sustainability of food, food processing, and production

Careers using Food Preparation & Nutrition

The food industry is the fastest growing industry in the country.
There are long-term career opportunities for people with a wide range of qualifications. at one end of the scale, it's possibly to get started with no qualifications on the other end, you will need to begin your career by studying for a relevant degree.
Whether you work for an international hotel, run your own catering business, manage a restaurant, or serve drinks in a pub, working in the hospitality and catering industry means providing a good service to people wanting food or drink.
Other exciting career opportunities using a food preparation and nutrition qualification include;
  • Teaching
  • Lecturing
  • Dietician
  • Food Writer
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Photographer
  • Product Designer
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Sports Science
Careers in this field will often require you to work as part of a team and to be able to get on with all sorts of people. If you are proactive, adaptable and able to use your intitiative, a career in food might be for you.