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Food and Nutrition A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Course description

This is a new and exciting course. It is a natural progression from GCSE Food and Nutrition. It will enable you to build on and enhance the practical skills you have already acquired and take them on to a higher level. At the same time it will give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the structure of different foodstuffs and a variety of different diets for all sectors of the population. Alongside this you will study wider issues related to the family, environmental awareness and health. More detail of this is given later.

Entry requirements

It is helpful but not necessary for you to have studied Food and Nutrition at GCSE level. In the past many students have come new to the subject and some of them have gone on to be very successful at this level. Students who have taken GCSE should ideally have achieved a Grade B or above.


AS Level
There are two units of study at AS Level:

Society and Health
You will gain an understanding of population trends, the family and society, environmental, social and health issues.

The Management of Resources
This will involve the study of food provision, food preparation and cooking equipment and financial awareness. You will carry out a range of practical activities related to food preparation.

Each of the above units culminate in one and a half hour written papers at the end of the AS course.

A2 Level
Once again there are two units of study at A2 level:

Coursework study
This is NOT a project it is an investigation. You will select your own content and develop your own task.

An example might be to:
Develop a luxury dessert that is superior in taste to its average equivalent. Obviously this would involve some research and a great deal of practical making.

Nutrition and Food Production
You will study nutrients and energy, nutritional and dietary needs of different groups of people, properties of food, design, development and production of food, advances in the food industry. There will be a one and half hour written paper at the end of unit 2.

Future opportunities

The course provides an excellent base for progression into higher education. It can lead to a career in nutrition, food science, sports science, dietetics and consumer protection.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years