Food Technology

In Food Technology, pupils learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as collaboration and communication.

At Key Stage 4, pupils have the option to pursue a GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition, which equips pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook a variety of different meals, whilst making informed choices about their diet, nutrition and health.

Pupils develop vital life skills that will help them to become more self-sufficient, learning how to prepare and cook food safely, using appropriate techniques (frying, boiling, baking etc.) Pupils also learn about how to store food responsibly and the health hazards associated with failing to do so.

Pupils are taught to recognise the physiological and psychological effects of a poor diet and develop an understanding of the functional properties and chemical processes associated with different types of food, along with its nutritional content.

Pupils will have the opportunity to follow a variety of different recipes, ranging from traditional British food to international cuisine, to inspire new ideas and broaden their culinary repertoire.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7 Year 8
  • Food & Nutrition – practical cooking skills and nutrition theory
  • Food & Nutrition – practical cooking skills and nutrition theory
Year 11
  • Food preparation skills
  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food Science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance
  • Non-Examination assessment task 1: Food Investigation
  • Non-Examination assessment 2: Food Preparation
  • Exam-focussed sessions and revision in preparation for the final exam


Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.

Useful Resources and Revision Support