Food & Nutrition - GCSE

This course builds on subject content which is taught at Key Stage 3 and provides a suitable foundation for the study of food-related courses at either AS or A level. In addition, this course provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile programme of study for students who do not progress to further study in this subject.

The qualification in food preparation and nutrition enables students to make connections, between theory and practice so that they are able to apply their understanding of food science and nutrition to practical cooking. This content relates to the study of both food and drinks. The certificate is a single award GCSE graded on the 1-9 scale.

The course content

  • Food commodities
  • Principles of nutrition
  • Diet and good health
  • The science of food
  • Where food comes from
  • Cooking and food preparation


15% - Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment

A scientific food investigation which will assess the students knowledge, skills and
understanding in relation to scientific principles underlying the preparation and cooking of food.

35% - Assessment 2: The Food Preparation Assessment

Prepare, cook and present a menu which assesses the students knowledge, skills and
understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of food.

50% - Examination: Principles of Food Preparation and Nutrition (1 hour 45mins)

This component will consist of two sections both containing compulsory questions and will assess the six areas of content as listed in the course content above.  


This specification will enable learners to make informed decisions about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways.

Start Date

July 2019

Exam Board



Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level