Food Technology

Why study Food Technology?

GCSE Food Technology will help you to develop many useful skills such as:

  • Practical food preparation and cooking skills.
  • Knowledge of a healthy balanced diet.
  • Evaluating existing and new food products.

What will I study?

  • Pupils consider how they can increase their use of sustainable resources. Issues include food miles, carbon footprint, organic foods, local v imported foods, recycling and fair-trade.
  • The composition, structure, properties of ingredients, importance of a balanced diet and the application of current healthy eating recommendations.
  • Commercial manufacturing where pupils gain an understanding of how food is mass produced.

What happens in lessons?

GCSE Food Technology lessons are varied.  You will:

  • Learn new practical skills every week to use in controlled assessment.
  • Group work to carry out investigations into recipes.
  • Develop your creative design skills to enable you to create your own original recipes
  • Complete written tasks to help improve your examination technique.
  • Use video, textbooks, a nutritional computer program.

Contact Mrs Kenwright or your Food Technology teacher for more details.

How will I be assessed?

Year 11 involves ONE assessment which starts in September. The task is set by the exam board and will involve pupils in producing creative design ideas showing how they have developed and manufactured a quality product recording the key processes of making and critical evaluation. IT CAN BE A MAXIMUM OF 15 PAGES OF A3 WORK. This is worth 60% of the final grade.
An examination consists of short answer questions, short sentences, simple recipe design and essays. The exam is worth 40% of the final GCSE grade.

What skills will I need?

To achieve GCSE Food technology you will need:

  • Good organisational and planning skills to bring ingredients most weeks.
  • A conscientious approach to food preparation skills.
  • A creative ability to change recipes to make them original.