“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

The intent of our food technology curriculum is to apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating, instilling a love of cooking in all pupils. We aim to encourage independent learning through practical participation whilst gaining a wider understanding of environmental impacts on our food choices.

Key information:

WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering
A Level

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the students will learn where our food comes from and the impact this has on carbon footprint and sustainability, as well as the benefits of eating and what is seasonal. The importance of a balanced diet and how to make healthier food choices by understanding food labels, healthier cooking methods and Government guidelines introducing “The Eatwell Guide”. Students also learn the factors affecting food choice and different nutritional requirements, and special dietary needs and the importance of food safety and health and safety.

They will be introduced to a range of ingredients and taught how to prepare and cook basic recipes involving pastry and bread making, cakes and savoury dishes as well as knife skills, to be able to prepare all manner of foods using a wide range of cooking methods.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 the students will be extending their practical skills and applying them to more complex dishes as well as professional presentation. They will be learning about hospitality and catering and the range of jobs within this industry, the skills and qualifications required and job progression and salaries. They will get the opportunity to act out some of these job roles in the kitchen working as a team replicating a restaurant kitchen.

The GCSE consists of a controlled assessment worth 60% of the grade, this includes the application of the theory taught in year 10 and a 3 hour practical exam where they can demonstrate their practical ability independently under exam conditions making dishes of their own choice. There is also a written exam which makes up the last 40% of the GCSE.