Key Stage 4 Pathways

Food Preparation & Nutrition

What will I learn?

  • Developed practical cooking skills
  • Developed a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of
  • food materials
  • Learnt how products are developed in the food industry
  • Completed a food investigation
  • Created a written portfolio to demonstrate planning, preparation, cooking, and presentation of food
  • and application of nutrition
  • Prepared, cooked and presented a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than
  • three hours, planning in advance how this can be achieved
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You will have studied the following themes and developed the following skills:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science and safety
  • Food choice and provenance


  • Creativity
  • Food design
  • Team work
  • Evaluation

How will I be assessed?

There will be one exam for this qualification, which will assess your knowledge of the theory behind food preparation and nutrition. The second part of the assessment will be non-examination assessment and will consist of two tasks, involving practical work:

Task 1: Students will carry out an investigation into the scientific principles that underpin the preparation and cooking of food. This task will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and practically apply your understanding of the science behind cooking. You’ll practically investigate ingredients and explain how they work and why.

Task 2: Students will plan, prepare, cook and present a 3-course menu. This task will provide you with an opportunity to cook up a storm and showcase your creativity and cooking skills. You might make a street food menu, create delicious tapas dishes or cook up a menu for a student on a budget.


What could my next steps be?

Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study Food and Nutrition, or embark on an apprenticeship or full time career in the catering or food industries.

Mrs Norridge (Assistant Headteacher and D&T Teacher) or Ms Wain(SENDCO and D&T Teacher