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Catering GCSE at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

A GCSE course in Design and Technology offers pupils an experience of design, practical problem-solving and application of scientific principles. At Key Stage 4 the choice of specialist study areas within the subject enables pupils to complete a course appropriate to their aptitude and interest. Design and Technology Options Pupils can choose from the following: - GCSE Catering - GCSE Electronic Products - GCSE Graphic Products - GCSE 3D Product Design Assessment Structure The structure of assessment for all D&T options incorporates 60% course work and 40% final examination. For Electronics, Graphics and Product Design, course work consists of one major design-and-make project. The project offers pupils a unique opportunity within their curriculum, to complete a self-directed extended task. The Catering GCSE assessment structure includes a 20% ‘work experience’ element, 40% practical projects and 40% terminal examination. Catering As a response to current national interest in food preparation and healthy eating this exciting GCSE is now offered. The course covers many important aspects of the catering and food industry. A keen interest and desire to develop high level skills in food preparation and cooking are essential for successful participation in this GCSE. Pupils should expect to spend significant amounts of time learning a wide range of practical skills. The assessment structure consists of three elements as follows: - Practical 40% - Work experience 20% - Examination 40% Students complete two assessed practical projects; one during Year 10 and the other during Year 11. Participation in work experience, which can be organised by the college, is an optional assessable element of the course. Pupils will prepare a written report to be presented to the exam board based on the experience. It is vital that students understand the need to provide ingredients for every practical lesson. In addition, all pupils will be required to purchase and wear a set of chef’s whites for all practical work. During Year 10, pupils will complete the Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering and Level 2 Award in Healthier Foods and Special Diets. Together these equate to half a GCSE in addition to the Catering GCSE. Anyone involved in food preparation in restaurants, hotels or shops must have this qualification and is a worthwhile accredited qualification to add to a CV.

Further information

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years