I like this option as not only is great fun to cook but it has also taught me the science behind foods and how they are made. If you like food or want to know more about food and where it comes from I would say you will love this course.    Freddy Y11

Key Stage 3 Overview

Being able to cook is an important life skill. Students will learn how to prepare and cook a wide variety of products using basic to more complex skills. Over the three years students will study the different food groups and the part they play in maintaining a healthy balanced diet. The skills taught are a foundation to the Food and Nutrition course taught at GCSE level.

Arts Grammar STEM
Year 7 Healthy Eating Healthy Eating Healthy eating
Year 8 Multi-cultural Foods Multi-cultural Foods Multi-cultural Foods
Year 9 Protein Protein Protein

Students learning will be assessed by:

Practical skill ability and written assessments

Food Preparation & Nutrition in Years 10 & 11


Course Leader: Mrs Irwin
Contact Email: eirwin@tgschool.net
Examination Board: AQA
Assessment: 50% Exam (1 section)
50% Non - Exam Assessed which consists of 1 investigation 1,500 - 2,000 word report. 1 Food Preparation Assessment which consists of a written report and a three hour practical exam. You will be expected to prepare and cook three dishes within three hours. (NEA: 15% Study, 35% Practical Task)

Why should I study this subject at Key Stage 4?

Learning about food and nutrition is a useful life skill. The course gives you the knowledge and understanding to prepare and cook a variety of dishes and understand nutritional needs through life. 

The course is a good foundation for those who wish to pursue a career in the food industry.

What does the course involve?

This is an excellent qualification for those wishing to go into the food industry but also for those wishing to learn a life skill.

  • Key Focus developing cooking skills

  • Understanding and application of key nutritional principles

  • Understand of food provenance

  • Knowledge and application of the working characteristics and properties of food materials

  • Students will be expected to provide most ingredients but products should be suitable for home use.

Differences from Year 9

GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition develops knowledge and understanding about ingredients and how products are made. It looks at functional properties, nutritional choices as well as creative indulgent options.  KS3 sets the foundation knowledge of nutrition and begins the development of key skills. If you want to learn to cook for life, this is your option. Also suitable for students interested in the many career opportunities the food and dietetic industry offers.

Skills developed 

These include a full range of practical skills to prepare and cook food alongside many ‘transferable skills’ including literacy, numeracy, communication, decision making and  detailed skills in analysis & evaluation. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of food, provenance and how to ‘fuel your body’ for optimum health. You will learn about the function and properties of ingredients and how these change with processing and cooking techniques. By the end of the course you will be able to use food as a social vehicle for spending time with family and friends.You need to eat to live, and you live better if you eat well - by taking this subject you’ll be able to! It is also an excellent platform for considering careers in health, nutrition, food technology, teaching and food preparation, food science and service work. If you wish to continue your studies in KS5 we offer a two year course in Food Science and Nutrition which builds on the topics covered at KS4.

Studying Food Preparation & Nutrition at Sixth Form

Students can continue studying Food with a WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition here at Thomas Gainsborough School.

Department Staff

Ms L Fernandez (LFE) Teacher of Food Contact
Mrs E Irwin (EIR) Head of Food Technology Contact