Food Technology

Curriculum Leader of Technology - Richard Heafield

Richard Heafield.jpg
WJEC GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition



Course Content

This course develops your knowledge of food preparation and nutrition. It equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. It has a balance of practical and theoretical understanding.


Is this course right for me?

To be successful you will need to be dedicated, motivated and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. You must be interested in your chosen subject area of FOOD and be fully committed to producing your two written portfolios as well as enjoying the practical aspect of the subject which will involve buying ingredients and working independently during practical lessons.

This GCSE course requires students to undertake lengthy, scientific assessments that require a lot of independent study and written work. The course also has demands regarding the organisation and purchasing of food ingredients throughout. This is a course only for students that are fully committed to organising their ingredients and ensuring they come fully prepared and equipped for all the practical lessons.



As you study Food Preparation and Nutrition you will carry out two controlled assessments which are worth 50% of the overall grade. The first is a scientific food investigation and the second involves planning, preparing and cooking a specific menu. Both assignments will be based on a choice of tasks given by the board.

The written exam paper is one hour and forty five minutes and is 50% of the overall grade. It covers all aspects of the Principles of Food Preparation and Nutrition, for example it looks at diet and health, the science of food, the cooking of food, and food related environmental issues.


Possible Careers

Chef, Catering Manager, Product Development Manager, Factory worker, Café Owner,
Quality Manager, Cake Decorator, Food Technologist, Supermarket Manager and the best
job of all, you can become a Food Technology Teacher!