A Level Food Technology at Beaconsfield High School
Unit 1 and 3 – Materials, Components and Application
This is 50% of the A Level marks and is a 2 hour written paper
Unit 2 and 4 – Learning Through Designing and Making
This is 50% of the A Level marks and is a design and make project of approximately 50 hours work. The project will focus on:
- Researching current issues and trends in food.
- Using research to design and develop initiatives and exciting food products.
- Communicating ideas through isometric sketching, digital photography and practical modelling.
- Use of sensory analysis and nutritional analysis computer packages.
Materials and Components and Applications
- Sources, functions and effects of deficiency or excess consumption of nutrients
- The importance of adequate water consumption
- The relationship between diet and health
- Measurement of energy and factors that influence energy expenditure
- BMI and causes of obesity
- Food Additives
Design and Market Influences
- Dietary planning and needs of individuals
- Current health concerns and health promotion
- Social and cultural factors including family lifecycle and family patterns
- Environmental issues affecting food choice including the use of GMOs
- The influence of mass media
- Current issues and market trends
- Regional and international influences
- World food resources and transportation
- Stages of food product development
- Impact of technology and other issues on the design of new products
- The function of marketing
- High level communication skills with appropriate use of ICT and modeling
- Effective management of time and resources
Processes and Manufacture
- Food safety and hygiene
- Types of bacteria and the factors which affect bacterial growth.
- Food risk categories and contamination
- Food Hygiene Legislation
- Health, safety and quality
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beaconsfield High School directly.