GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition


In Year 10 students work to complete their GCSE Design and Make Practice (Controlled Assessment). Lessons are structured through a range of taught practical and controlled assessment sessions. During Year 10 students complete all of their Controlled Assessment.


Food Preparation and Nutrition is broken down into 2 units:

Food Preparation and Nutrition 4547 - Unit 1 – Written Paper (45451)(2 hours 120 marks - 40%)

- Candidates answer all questions in two sections

- Pre-release material issued.


The theory work for the course is taught through Year 9 covering all aspects of the examination. This knowledge will be re-visited throughout the controlled assessment and revision sessions in Year 10.


Unit 2 – Design and Making Practice (45452) - (Approximately 45 hours - 90 marks - 60%)

Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks. The controlled assessment is taught through the production of a concise design portfolio and the development of a new food product.


What is involved?

- How to develop a specification for a new food product
- How to analyse existing food products
- How to generate a range of design proposals
- How to use the internet to research ideas
- Product planning and development
- How to select ingredients and work with tools and equipment
- How to evaluate products by tasting and testing them
- How to improve ICT skills and learn all about CAD and CAM
- Developing your awareness of consumer requirements of a product
- Analyse products and the processes used to manufacture them
- Work practically with food ingredients and components
- Latest food fads and nutritional implications
- Sustainable sources for food, transport & packaging

Who should study this course?

Any student wishing to enter the fascinating and demanding world of the Food Industry.
Any student wanting to gain skills which will be useful in a wide range of jobs, in further study of Design and Technology and in personal life.


How will this course lead to careers involving Food?

With this qualification you could go on to further study Food Preparation and Nutrition at AS/A2 level or go to college and do a range of vocational qualifications which could lead to various careers in the Food industry. For example: Food Product Developer, Nutritionists, Food Buyer and Seller or a job in the catering industry.