Food & Nutrition
Studying healthy diets and the importance of protein, fats and carbohydrates. The students typically alternate demonstrations and cooking on a weekly basis. Practicals include foods from other cultures, cakes and bread.
GCSE Food and Nutrition students focus on an applied study of the food and cookery sector and they will gain a broad understanding and knowledge of working in this sector. It is very ‘hands-on’ – students will be taking part in practical food activities at least on a weekly basis and are also recommended to cook at home regularly in order to gain confidence.
GCSE Food and Nutrition students undertake two exam board NEA topics: a food science investigation and a food preparation and research task. They need to demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking using a variety of food commodities, cooking techniques and equipment. They will understand and explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional British and international), to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes.
KS4: OCR, GCSE Food preparation and nutrition, J309
Two fully equipped kitchens with full cooking facilities: cookers, sinks, microwaves, mixers and cooking utensils.
8 Computers for exclusive use whilst in lesson.
Careers In Food and Nutrition
As a Food and Nutrition student, you will develop a range of transferable skills that can be of benefit in the workplace. You will follow a curriculum that combines practical culinary skills, with a comprehensive understanding of the value of diet and nutrition in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This understanding is explored from the source of a range of food groups, the impact of the diet of specific health conditions, via a range of cooking styles and processes. Not only does this course provide invaluable life skills, but can be a gateway to a range of vocational career pathways.
From being the next Gordan Ramsey as a Chef or Restaurateur to working as a Food Technologist with a multinational food manufacturer, the range of potential opportunities are broad and diverse.
Labour Market Information – LMI
It is really useful to look at the labour market when considering a career in Food and Nutrition. This sector is a growth area in terms of employment opportunities. We live in an area of high demand for careers in the Catering and Hospitality Industries and other health and lifestyle-related employment pathways.
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A wide range of vocational courses are available at Bournemouth & Poole College at Level 2 and 3, along with apprenticeship opportunities. We hope to offer a Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition course in the near future here at FUS. Like many vocational pathways, gaining experience at any level is the first step on the career ladder in Food & Nutrition.