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A Level Food Technology at Beaconsfield High School

Course description

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.

Course content

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.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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