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Rooks Heath School

Rooks Heath School

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Food Preparation & Nutrition

At the end of Year 9, students opt to choose Food Preparation and Nutrition. We follow the WJEC Food Preparation and Nutrition syllabus, which has a 50/50 coursework and exam weighting. The Non-Examined Assessment comprises 2 components – a food science investigation (worth 15%) and food preparation, which includes a 3-hour practical assessment (35%). The course covers the following topics:  

  • Food commodities  

  • Principles of nutrition  

  • Diet and good health  

  • The science of food  

  • Where food comes from  

  • Cooking and food preparation 

Therefore, in Year 10 our curriculum focuses on building subject knowledge, based upon exam content, developing upon and broadening the material taught at Key Stage 3. This is done alongside a series of practical lessons, to build skill with nutritional knowledge. The course aims to create a love of food and enjoyment of cooking, whilst equipping students with the necessary knowledge to affordably and nutritiously feed themselves and others throughout life. In Year 11, students complete the 2 non-examined assessments, the first being a food science experiment that they then further explore and evaluate. Secondly, students utilise the skills they have learnt during Year 10, to plan a creative 3 course meal, which they then prepare in 3 hours under exam conditions. Students develop an awareness of different food types and cooking methods, considering foods from different cultures and potential careers in the food industry.