Food Science and Nutrition

WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma

Examination Board: WJEC

Course Leader: Mrs E Irwin

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What Will I Study?

Units 1 & 2 are mandatory; the school will decide on the most appropriate optional unit.

Unit 1 - The purpose of this unit is for learners to develop an understanding of the nutritional needs of specific target groups and to plan and cook complex dishes to meet their nutritional needs.

Unit 2 - Ensuring food is safe to eat. (Externally assessed; this is an 8 hour timed assessment.)

Unit 3 (Optional) - The aim of this unit is for learners to use their understanding of the properties of food in order to plan and carry out experiments. The results of the experiments would be used to solve food production problems.

Unit 4 (Optional) - This unit develops skills in planning, carrying out and presenting a research project on current issues related to food science and nutrition. This could be from the perspective of a consumer, food manufacturer, caterer or policy-maker.

Learners will have gained an in depth understanding of food science and nutrition, on the lives of individuals and on society today. They will be able to identify hazards, reduce risks and produce food to meet the nutritional requirements of individuals. This will involve practical work and analysis of the results. Learners will draw on a range of skills, research, planning, analysis, evaluation and drawing conclusions from findings. Learners will be able to identify and transfer accurately in depth knowledge and understanding from one task to another.

Entry Requirements

Students require a GCSE Food Nutrition and Preparation Grade 5 (not Food Technology)

Where Next?

Careers such as: dietician, nutritionist, food scientist, product manager, environmental health officer, Department of Health, schools & local community advisor, home economist for TV programmes, scientist for the Food Standards Agency, supermarket food buyer, food and nutrition teacher, private catering, dietetics nutritionist, food scientist, food technologist, product manager, sales and marketing.

Further studies could include, degrees in Food & Nutrition, Human Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, Food Science & Technology.

Department Staff

Mrs E Irwin (EIR) Head of Food Technology Contact