Food Technology

Awarding body: AQA AS/A2

Course content and examination requirements:

This subject is ideal for those interested in studying for a career within Food Technology, such as new product development, food management, marketing or manufacturing, or similarly, this course would suit students who have a real passion for cooking and may be interested in future careers in catering, nutrition & dietetics, food consulting (advisory) or even teaching.

Entry requirements:

The minimum requirement is a Grade B at GCSE in any Design and Technology subject. It would be beneficial for GCSE Food to have been studied. A variety of teaching and learning is incorporated including independent primary and secondary research, presentations, discussions, theory, practical & experimental lessons, visiting speakers, educational visits, completion of coursework and external examinations.

Year 12 - AS

Unit 1

Materials, Components & Application

This comprises 50% of the AS and 25% of the A Level and is assessed by means of a written examination. 

Unit 2

Learning Through Designing & Making

This comprises 50% of the AS and 25% of the A Level and involves the compilation of a Portfolio which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Year 13 - A2

Unit 3

Design and Manufacture

This comprises 25% of the A Level and is assessed by means of a written examination. 

Unit 4

Design and Making Practice

This comprises 25% of the A Level and involves the compilation of a Portfolio which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Relevance to further studies and careers:

This course offers a broad education as a foundation for the courses and careers outlined. Students are encouraged to become independent in research, skilful and creative in practical and experimental work, able to present findings and develop confidence and those skills that are invaluable in both higher education and employment.

Teaching staff / further information:

Mrs S Parfitt