Food Preparation and Nutrition (GCSE) -


Examination Board



Overview of the course

This examination involves a large element of practical work. However, it is important that the written work that backs this up is completed in order to achieve a good GCSE grade.

Course content:

·         Nutritional value of food commodities

·         Food and nutrition issues that relate to nutrition, diet and health through every stage of life.

·         Food provenance, food choice, supply & production.

·         Cooking and food preparation, skills and techniques

·         Food processing and production and advances in Food Technology

·         Sensory analysis of foods

·         The scientific principles underlying food preparation and cooking

·         Food safety

How you will be assessed



Percentage of overall result

Written Exam

There is one 90 minute exam paper that is related to work completed in Years 10 & 11.

The questions vary from one word or short answer to more in depth questions, & there is one extended answer question.


Non Examined Assessment Tasks

1 Food Investigation Task

Worth 15% of final marks.

Assesses the scientific principles underlying the preparation & cooking of food.

Students will be given a set task in the Autumn Term of Year 11.  They will have 10 hours to plan, research, carry out the investigation, analyse their results & evaluate their work.

1 Food Preparation Task

Worth 35% of final marks.

Students will need to plan, prepare & cook foods.

Students will be given a set task in the Spring Term of Year 11.  They will have 20 hours to plan & cook, then analyse & evaluate up to 3 practical products related to this task.  The practical exam is a 3 hour exam that will enable students to demonstrate their practical skill.


Results will be graded on a nine point scale: 1 to 9 – where 9 is the best grade.

All students will complete a nationally recognised Basic Food Hygiene Certificate, which is essential for anyone wanting to work within any aspect of the food industry.

Post 16 courses

Successful completion of the course (grade 1-9) can lead to vocational or further study at local colleges.