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Food Technology

The Food Technology department aims to excite and engage students about the food we produce and eat, a healthy diet, nutrition and cooking. All students are given the opportunity to study Food Technology during their time in Key Stage 3 and can choose the option to complete a two year Catering GCSE course in Key Stage 4. Our Food Curriculums are in line with Design and Technology specifications and National Curriculum guidelines. Students can realise their potential through well planned and enjoyable lessons.

Key Stage 3

All students’ progress is monitored during their time in Food Technology through self-assessment in their progress booklets and an AFL task. Numeracy and literacy skills are also monitored. 

Year 7

Food and Cooking

Year 8

Diet and Health

Year 9

Making Choices

Hygiene, health and safety

Equipment and utensils

Healthy eating

Nutrition analysis

Modifying recipes

Dietary needs

Food Choice

The Eatwell Plate

Dietary needs

Food Choice of teenagers

Hygiene, health and safety

Handling small equipment

Nutrients provided by the diet

Hydration and its importance

The function of carbohydrates

The function of protein

Micronutrients and vitamins


The adolescent diet

Hygiene, health and safety

Dietary changes throughout life

Health issues

Dietary needs of children and young people

Sensory evaluation

Commercial products

Special dietary requirements

Allergies and nutritional information

Food labelling for the consumer



AFL Task

Literacy skills

Practical cooking skills


AFL Task

Literacy skills

Practical cooking skills

AFL Task

Literacy skills

Practical cooking skills



Key Stage 4

Staring in Year 10 and through Year 11, students can choose to study GCSE Catering. The knowledge and skills attained in KS3 Food Technology are built upon within this course and this enables students to achieve and develop their skills. These skills could be useful for a career within the catering industry or as a skill for life.

The course is a linear one with a final examination at the end of Year 11. There is also a controlled assessment element which is 60% of the overall GCSE grade. There are a high percentage of practical lessons throughout the course and students are expected to provide their own ingredients. Written work and weekly homework is also an essential element which will ensure students can work independently and are prepared for the final examination. All students are given the opportunity to sit a mock examination at the end of Year 10 and during the College mock examination week in Year 11. Regular assessment and the use of literacy tasks prepare our students and give them confidence for their final examination. The use of the correct terminology and the quality of written work is essential for a Catering student to achieve well in the final examination.  Students are encouraged to attend revision sessions and are provided with revision guide in preparation for the final examination.