The GCSE course is suitable for all pupils who enjoy working with food. Studying GCSE Food Technology will provide important skills to use in later life. As a food technologist, you will be able to create foods that satisfy the increasing demand for meals which look fantastic, taste delicious and are marketable. During the course you will be encouraged to recognise the contribution you can make to the environment through careful consideration and selection of sustainable resources.
GCSE Food Technology is divided into three units. There are two controlled assessments units and one written paper.
In Year 10, the emphasis is on social, moral, cultural and sustainability issues. The practical work will include designing, making and launching a new product as part of the first controlled assessment.
In Year 11, there will be more emphasis on the importance of a balanced diet and the application of current healthy eating guidelines. The practical sessions will allow pupils to create a high quality product for their second controlled assessment.
The written paper focuses on the knowledge, skills and understanding of the design and manufacture of products made from Food Technology.
In order to recognise the importance of practical work in this subject, there are two controlled assessments. These account for a total of 60% of the entire course. There is also a one and a half hour written paper which is taken at the end of Year 11, which accounts for 40% of the total marks.
Studying Food Technology at A Level provides an innovative and imaginative qualification which rewards creativity and reflects the contemporary use of ICT. The course allows you to use your own imagination and be highly creative. You can make the best use of the resources available in order to design and make high quality products which are related to your chosen themes. Our modern Food Technology room is an ideal environment in which to study the subject.
The subject content should be studied in depth for the written papers. The sections are not presented as modules because the nature of Design and Technology requires a holistic approach.
Section A: Materials and Components
This includes an introduction to the physical properties of a broad range of ingredients and components.
Section B: Design and Market Influences
Through study and detailed analysis of a wide range of products, you will begin to develop knowledge and understanding of the broader issues for the designer.
Section C: Processes and Manufacture
Through study and experience in practical project work, you will develop knowledge of the health and safety issues relevant to working with materials.
Coursework projects also provide an opportunity for you to learn about the use of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacture.
Assessment will be made through a combination of coursework and written examinations. The AS and A2 qualifications both consist of two units and each unit comprises 25% of the total A Level.
There are two written papers. There are also two pieces of coursework which take the form of a written (or electronic) design portfolio and a manufactured outcome.