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Hospitality BTEC at Excelsior Academy

Course description

Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition qualifications allow students to gain a wealth of knowledge about the food and nutrition industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the relationship between the human body and food as well as practical skills for cooking and preparing food.

Students will be able to consider employment in a range of different industries including the food and drink sectors of hospitality, catering, food production and food retail.

This course also allows you to develop both practical and academic skills through applied learning. You will be assessed through a combination of written examination, projects and case studies to cater for different learning styles

Course content

This is an Applied General qualification. This means it is designed primarily to support learners progressing to university. It has been designed to offer exciting, interesting experiences that focus learning for 16 - 19 year old learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful, work-related contexts, linked to the food production industry.

The first mandatory unit will enable the learner to demonstrate an understanding of the science of food safety, nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts, and through on–going practical sessions, to gain practical skills to produce quality food items to meet the needs of individuals.

The second mandatory unit will allow learners to develop their understanding of the science of food safety and hygiene; essential knowledge for anyone involved in food production in the home or wishing to work in the food industry.

Studying one of the two optional units will allow learners the opportunity to study subjects of particular interest or relevance to them, building on previous learning and experiences.

Entry requirements

It would be highly beneficial if students have studied a food related subject at GCSE and that they have at least a grade C for GCSE English and Science


This course is both internally and externally assessed. There is a 90 minute exam that has the opportunity for one resit. There is also an externally assessed assignment, which is to be completed in an 8 hour super v ised assessment Internal assessment will take the form of controlled assessments For both internal and external assessments you will be awarded either Pass, merit or Distinction grades.

Future opportunities

An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles. Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors. Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that that support healthy eating initiatives. Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Excelsior Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

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