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Design and Technology - Food Technology A-Level at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich

Course description

This qualification focuses on key areas that the food industry has to consider, including:

  • Quality of food
  • Processing of food
  • Packaging and labelling
  • Nutrition value and contribution to dietary control and sustained good health
  • Health and safety.

Another key factor covered in this qualification is sustainability.  New products have to provide solutions rather than add to the existing problems of extraction and use of natural resources, pollution from manufacturing and the disposal of large amounts of waste products.

Course content

Year 12 Content

In the AS year of the course, you will complete two units.  In the first Portfolio of Creative Skills, you will be given the opportunity to develop your creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities.

Year 13 Content

If you choose to continue the course into Year 13, gaining a full A Level in the subject, the course will contain the following units of work:

In the first unit of year two of the course (Food Products, Nutrition and Product Development) you will develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of food commodities, aspects of nutrition, product development and food innovation.

It is essential for Food Technology students to have a comprehensive knowledge of the main food commodities, their composition, basic processing and typical spoilage patterns.  A sound knowledge of nutrition and its influence on the diet, contemporary lifestyle issues and new product development is also an important issue which will be addressed in this unit.

Similarly, consumer behaviour, demographics, modern lifestyles and sustainable issues have an influence on new product development.  It is also important for you to be aware of the influence of new technologies and materials on the development of new food products and an insight to this will be provided in the course.

Entry requirements

Students require a minimum of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE including a grade B or above in Food Technology.  

Successful completion of the AS Food Technology with a grade D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Food Technology.


Year 12 

You will be expected to produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate your creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making product(s).

The second unit of work at AS level is Design and Technology in Practice.  In this unit you will have the chance to develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials, components, additives and processes used in the design and production of food products.  You will also be taught about the various stages in preparing foods for large-scale production as well as learning the fundamental principles underpinning food preservation and the various techniques involved. Another key focus of study in this module is the understanding of the principles of food quality control and good manufacturing practice in the food industry.

1 hour 30 minute examination consisting of short-answer and extended-writing type questions.

Year 13 

2 hour examination paper

The second unit, consisting of 60% of your A2 marks is Commercial Design.  In this unit you are given the opportunity to apply the skills you have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a food product of your choice.  Issues of sustainability (i.e materials, components/ingredients production and selection, manufacturing processes, use of the product and its disposal/recycling) will be addressed in this unit of work, as well as the importance of real commercial use which will be explored by interacting with clients and user groups.

To design and make a product of your choice.  This unit results in the development of an appropriate product supported by a design folder.

Future opportunities

This course equips you with a broad range of skills, which will prove useful in employment and as a means of gaining access to University.  Typical career and university options are Batchelor of Science degrees in Nutritional Therapy and Food and Consumer Studies and Batchelor of Arts degrees in Hospitality and Events Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2015

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