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Catering Level 3 at Norton College

Course description

The course is taught over a two year period at the end of which students will achieve a
diploma, the equivalent to 1.25 A levels. However, if students complete the course
for one year they will achieve a certificate the equivalent of an AS level.

Course content

The course will cover the following topics:

Year 12
Unit 1: Planning to meet nutritional needs. A science based unit focusing on the different nutrients in the body and how diet and lifestyle affect the health of
our body.
Unit 2: Developing practical food skills. A practical based unit, allowing students to develop their practical knowledge and skills

Year 13 Unit 3: Ensuring food is safe to eat. Analysing the implications of poor food hygiene in a range of settings.
Unit 4: Current issues in consumer food choice. An independent unit, allowing students to investigate a current food topic or issue.

Entry requirements

GCSE or equivalent: 4 A*-C.
English, Science and Maths-desirable.
Specific - Food and Sport.


Both units are assessed through controlled assessment. Unit 1 is a continuous piece of writing, investigating the diets and lifestyles of two individuals and identifying ways to improve their overall health.
Unit 2 includes a 3 1/2hr practical exam assessing the students’ practical knowledge and ability. Students are expected to complete research into possible dishes and presentation techniques, as well as a detailed time plan of work including a shopping and equipment list. The task is completed with a written evaluation.

Future opportunities

This qualification can lead down several avenues both academic and practical based. It is a good qualification for those who are interested in following a career
in: dietetics and nutrition; food technology; food production and retail; sports therapy and nutrition; and for those who wish to go into training or employment in the catering and hospitality sector.

Previous students have gone on to study at: Sheffield Hallam University: Public Health Nutrition, Leeds Metropolitan University: Dietetics, Yorkshire Coast College: Level 1, 2 and 3 Professional cookery, York College: Hospitality and Tourism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norton College directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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