KS4 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

Key Stage 4

The new (September 2016) GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition specification offers a unique opportunity for candidates to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within a vocational context. It is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education. It will offer valuable preparation for those entering the world of work.

The specification encourages the investigation and study of food in a variety of contexts and uses a range of assessment techniques to enable the candidate to respond through practical and investigative work.

The course consists of two controlled assessments, which will both take place during Year 11 which contribute to 50% to the final grade. The theory exam, taken at the end of Year 11 is 50% of the final grade.

Year 10 Food Preparation and Nutrition (new September 2016)

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
3 -CIEH level 2 Food safety

The science of food

(food spoilage)

2 – Nutrition needs and health

3- Diet and good health. Plan special diets for specific needs

4 – The science of food

(heat transfer)

6- Cooking and food preparation

5- Food provenance, food manufacturing, factors affecting food choice

Cooking and preparation techniques

1 – Commodities methods of cooking and food provenance.

(Science choice and provenance

6- Cooking and food preparation

1 – Commodities methods of cooking and food provenance.

2 – Nutrition needs and health

5 – Food provenance British and international cuisines and sensory evaluation

6- Cooking and food preparation

Year 11 GCSE Catering

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Task 2 Research

Healthy eating

School meals

Task 2 Controlled assessment – practical communication and record keeping

Environmental considerations




Assessment: Pupils are assessed each lesson which can be either or all of the following; self assessment, peer assessment and teacher assessment. KS4 are assessed each lesson and through 2 controlled assessments in Year 11.


Homework consists of a variety of differentiated tasks which will aid pupil learning and demonstrate pupil understanding on a regular basis.

Homework is set on a weekly basis. 


Useful Information:

Lunchtime support clubs are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.




 5 ways I can help my son/daughter
1 Talk to your child about what they have been studying in school. Ask them to explain key concepts to you.
2 Allow them to cook as often as possible.
3 Watch cooking programmes/ visit food fairs and discuss techniques being used.
4 Encourage them to read around the subject.
5 Talk to them about their progress and attainment.