Department Aims

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Along with the national curriculum for design and technology we aim to ensure that all pupils: understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Programme of Study

As part of their work with food, pupils will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. We aim to instil a love of cooking in pupils which will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

At Key Stage 3 Years 7-8 our pupils will be taught to:

 Key Stage 3 Year 7 Schemes of Work

 Key Stage 3 Year 8 Schemes of Work

 Key Stage 4 GCSE Catering Programme of Study

Food Department contributes to the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development of pupils by:

By ensuring pupils know what is expected of them and offering each pupil a range of opportunities within their Food studies.

Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.

Exams Taken

Some pupils are continuing their Food studies having opted for WJEC GCSE Catering at Key Stage 4.This consists of:

UNIT 1: Catering skills related to food preparation and service

Two practical tasks which are internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.

Contributing 60% of the final marks.

UNIT 2: Catering, food and the customer

Written Paper 1 ¼ hours - one paper which will be externally set and marked. The paper will contain short-answer, structured and free response questions drawn from the catering content.

Contributing 40% of the final marks.

Pupils are studying and will be able to opt for the new WJEC GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition at Key Stage 4. This enables learners to make connections between theory and practice so that they are able to apply their understanding of food science and nutrition to practical cooking.

Component 1: Principles of Food Preparation and Nutrition
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of the qualification and 100 marks

Learners will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the following six areas of content:

  1. Food commodities
  2. Principles of nutrition
  3. Diet and good health
  4. The science of food
  5. Where food comes from
  6. Cooking and food preparation

Learners will also be given the opportunity to develop technical skills, through practical and experimental work whilst exploring and consolidating knowledge and understanding relating to food preparation and nutrition.
Component 2: Food Preparation and Nutrition in Action
Non-examination assessment
50% of the qualification and 100 marks
The non-examination assessment is composed of two assessments that are set by WJEC.
Both assessments are to be completed in the academic year in which the learner is entered
for the qualification.

Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment
15% of total qualification
A Food Investigation will be set that will require each learner to:

Assessment 2:The Food Preparation Assessment
35% of total qualification
This will assess the application of knowledge and understanding in relation to selecting dishes and identifying cooking skills/techniques and the execution of practical skills.
This assessment will require learners to:
Plan, prepare, cook and present a selection of dishes, to meet particular requirements such
as a dietary need, lifestyle choice or specific context.
This assessment will be set by WJEC Eduqas that will require the learners to:

Staff List

Mrs S Brookes - Curriculum Leader for Food/Catering/Health and Social Care

Miss E Flight - Food/Catering Teacher

Miss A Pedley - Food/Catering Technician

Extra-curricular activities

The Food Department offers a number of food related activities:

How parents can support their children?

If your child has been absent from school please encourage them to come to see us to obtain a recipe for the next week’s practical lesson – it is their responsibility. Your child also has access to all our recipes online via Show My Homework - even at home if you have internet access!