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Key Stage 3 

All students study Food and Nutrition in Years 7, 8 and 9 as part of their STEM course.

In Year 7 students learn basic cooking skills and how to be confident in the kitchen.  We cover the topics of healthy eating, current government guidelines for a healthy diet, the nutrients in our food, food packaging and food waste.

In Year 8 students have Food and Nutrition for 1 hour a week, for half of the year. We build upon basic cooking skills with a focus on making meals so that students can feed themselves and others.  We cover various theory topics such as the future of food, environmental issues, where our food comes from and nutrition.

In Year 9 students learn vital life skills and become independent and confident cooks. They also gain a sound knowledge of nutrition, diet and health; British and international cuisines, the basic principles of food science and current issues with food and the environment.

Key Stage 4 

AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition 8585

Food Preparation and Nutrition is an enjoyable and engaging subject that aims to give students valuable practical skills as well food and nutrition knowledge.

Subject content

Food preparation skills – these are intended to be integrated into the five sections:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science                                                     
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • ​Food provenance


Writen examination: 1 hour 45 minutes (forms 50% of total GCSE)

Non-exam assessment (NEA): (forms 50% of total GCSE)

  • Food investigation practical (30 marks)
  • Food preparation practical assessment (70 marks)

AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition 8585

Subject Documents Date  
Food and Nutrition Learning Journey 19th Jul 2023 Download
Year 10 Food and Nutrition POS 19th Jul 2023 Download
Year 11 Food and Nutrition POS 19th Jul 2023 Download