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Design and Technology (Food) A Level at Bishop Heber High School

Course description

Why choose Food Technology?

“It's amazing how pervasive food is. Every second commercial is for food. Every second TV episode takes place around a meal. In the city, you can't go ten feet without seeing or smelling a restaurant. There are 20 foot high hamburgers up on billboards. I am acutely aware of food, and its omnipresence is astounding”.       Adam Scott, The Monkey Chow Diaries 

Food Technology can prepare you for a rewarding career in new product development, nutrition and dietetics, catering, journalism, environmental health, laboratory work, food retailing, nursing, social work and teaching. A career in the food industry will put you in the middle of the largest and most important economic activity in the world. The food and drink manufacturing industry is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK. It employs some 470,000 people, representing 13% of the manufacturing workforce in the UK and has a turnover of £75bn accounting for 15% of the total manufacturing sector. Ours is the fourth largest food and drink manufacturing industry in the world. In addition, an estimated 1.2 million workers in ancillary activities depend on a successful food and drink industry for their jobs. Demand for graduates in this study area is approximately four times higher than the number of graduates leaving university, therefore career prospects are excellent. A number of local higher education providers offer further courses and degrees that previous students have enjoyed. 

Food Technology links well with Business Studies, Sports Science, Chemistry and Biology. This means Food Technology can either be your specialist topic, or play a supporting role for other subjects. If you have enjoyed lessons at GCSE then you will enjoy AS level as the structure is very similar and the content builds on your current knowledge. 


Course content

This course encourages you to take a broad view of design and technology, and food science and nutrition to develop your capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between ingredients, design, manufacture and marketing.

D&T Food Technology helps to develop a number of skills:

  • Cooking and experimental practical work
  • How to research, analyse and investigate
  • How to create new products for a variety of target markets 
  • How to develop your own ideas

AS Outline

At AS, you will study nutrition and designing and making food products. Your knowledge of food science and the wide range of ingredients and components used in the making of food products are developed. Coursework will give you the opportunity to develop and solve a problem relating to food design and you will receive marks for your making skills. The examination tests knowledge, understanding and design skills.

AS 1551

FOOD1 - Written Exam Paper 1-1/2 hours    Unit Content: Materials and Components.   50% of AS (25% of A2 mark)

FOOD2 - Coursework 50-hours      Unit Content: Manufactured outcome(s) Coursework may take a number of forms: a single design-and-make project, two smaller projects or a portfolio of work.    50% of AS (25% of A2 mark)

A2 2541

FOOD3 - Written Paper 2-hours   Synoptic unit    Unit Content: Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections.  Candidates answer three questions: one question from three in each section, plus a final question from either section.  Includes synoptic assessment.    25% of A2 mark

FOOD4 - Written (or electronic) design folder - Manufactured outcome. Candidates submit evidence of a single, substantial designing and making activity.   25% of A2 mark.



Entry requirements

Any student who has a GCSE Grade C or above in Food Technology will be able to enrol on the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Heber High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 August 2016

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