Food Preparation and Nutrition

Head of Department: Mrs L Gowers

Department Introduction

It is our aim to encourage students to love cooking and have an active interest in understanding the impact food has on their body.

The department benefits from state-of-the-art facilities for the teaching of food, including two well-equipped food rooms, with extensive equipment and resources that are available to students from year 7 to the sixth form. The department also has two theory rooms which are particularly useful for creating a suitable working environment for the theoretical elements of the course.

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Courses

Key Stage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3, students develop an understanding of the nutritional requirements of a healthy diet through mainly practical sessions. These practical sessions will include completing experiments to determine the function of particular ingredients. Students learn to develop food preparation techniques, progressing their skills each year. Embedded within the course is the opportunity to give students information about sensible choices for healthy living. Students will also look at the prevention of food poisoning and the correct storage and preparation of food alongside food hygiene and safety within the kitchen.

Key Stage 4

GCSE

At GCSE the AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition course is designed to investigate the relationship between nutrition, diet, food choice and health.

It develops students’ ability to make informed choices regarding a healthy diet and effective nutrition for a healthy lifestyle. Throughout the course, students will complete a variety of food investigations that link with the properties and function of specific ingredients. It also provides them with the skills of an informed consumer when choosing goods and services.

Please click here for more information on GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

Level 1/2 Award

This newly available qualification is intended for students who are interested in food preparation in a commercial catering environment and wish to develop skills and knowledge that will prepare them for further study or employment within this sector.

Please click here for more information on Hospitality and Catering Level 1/2 Award

Enrichment
  • KS3 Lunch and Afterschool Study Support
  • KS4 Lunch and Afterschool Study Support
  • Bi-annual trip to the Good Food Show.
  • Encouragement of students to enter Kent Cooks.
  • STEM club involving food experiments.