GCSE Home Economics, Food and Nutrition

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What will I learn?

The course is divided into four compulsory areas of study which will be interrelated whenever possible. The following content will be taught in the context of the assessment objectives.

1 – Nutrition, Diet and Health throughout Life

2 – Factors Affecting Consumer Choice

3 – Nutritional, Physical, Chemical and Sensory Properties of Foods in Storage, Preparation and Cooking

4 – Food Hygiene and Safety

How will I learn?

Food and Nutrition (Home Economics) is a practical subject. Candidates develop and demonstrate their food preparation and handling skills through practical activities, whilst applying relevant knowledge and understanding of the topic areas 1-4.  Key Skills are integral to the study of Home Economics: Food and Nutrition and maybe assessed through the course content. The following key skills can be developed through this specification at levels 1 and 2:

  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Working with Others
  • Improving Own Learning and Performance

Candidates are expected to make effective use of ICT in ways that are appropriate to the needs of the subject. Opportunities will arise in the Controlled Assessment and classroom activities where pupils will be expected to find, select and synthesise information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Principles of Food and Nutrition (40%)

Written Paper: 1½ hours (80 marks)

The paper will contain short-answer, structured and free response questions drawn from all areas of the specification and will assess the quality of written communication.

Unit 2: Food and Nutrition Practical Tasks (60%)

Controlled Assessment (120 marks)

(i) Task 1: (20%) One task to be selected from a bank of three tasks set by WJEC.

Duration: 10 hours to commence in the first half of the course.

Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.

(ii) Task 2: (40%) One task to be selected from a choice of two tasks set by WJEC.

Duration: 20 hours to commence in the second half of the course.

Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.

What’s next after the course?

The specification provides a suitable basis for further study at 16+ offering progression on to academic and a variety of vocational courses including GCE Home Economics, Design and Technology (Food) and GCE’s in Manufacturing/Health and Social Care/Leisure and Tourism. It could enhance career opportunities or provide a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for candidates who do not progress to further study in the subject

Future employment opportunities?

Examples of careers where GCSE Food and Nutrition will be of great value include;

Chef, Sous chef, Caterer, Food service manager, Food and snack product developer, Packaging developer, Quality Assurance Managers, Dietician, Health Educator.