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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 Food and Catering technical award course in Key Stage 4 (the equivalent to 1 GCSE). 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

Hygiene, health and safety

Equipment and utensils

Healthy eating

Nutrition analysis

Modifying recipes

Dietary needs

Food Choice

The Eatwell Guide

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

AFL Task

Literacy skills

Numeracy skills

Practical cooking skills


AFL Task

Literacy skills

Numeracy skills

Practical cooking skills

Key Stage 4


Staring in Year 9, during year 10 until finished in year 11, students can choose to study a Technical Award in Food and 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 homework is also an essential element which will ensure students can work independently and are prepared for the final examination. Regular assessment and the use of literacy and numeracy 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 a revision guide in preparation for the final examination.