Food Preparation is a new food based GCSE for the 21st century. It is based around students learning the main practical skills needed to feed themselves and others throughout life. Students will also learn about healthy eating and nutrition, where food comes from and the factors that influence the different food choices that people make.
Key Stage 3
At KS3 students begin by learning the basic food preparation skills (including safety and hygiene), how to use the different parts of the oven and how the heat is transferred into the food, whilst preparing a range of healthy snacks. They will also begin learning about the basics of nutrition and how to have a healthy diet.
They then progress to learn the main baking skills, including bread making. Theory focuses on where food comes from and why people chose the food they do.
Key Stage 4
Students continue to build on the skills learnt at KS3 and focus and higher-level food preparation skills. We focus on Core Skills, including safety, hygiene, nutrition and environmental issue. We also examine the five main food groups, including fruit and vegetables, starchy foods and calcium rich foods, learning about where they come from, how they are processed and how to cook with them.
Examinations all take place in Year 11 and include a food science experiment, a practical food preparation task and a written examination.
Enrichment activities include: