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Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (WJEC ) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

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.

Throughout the two year course of study, candidates will cover three units, two mandatory and one optional. The optional unit will be selected based on the interests of the learners

Unit 1: Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups (Mandatory)

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


Unit 2: Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat (Mandatory)

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. Again practical sessions will support the gaining of theoretical knowledge and ensure learning is a tactile experience.


Unit 3: Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems (Optional)


Unit 4: Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition (Optional)


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

You do not need to have studied a KS4 within food either the GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, NCFE Food and Cookery, GCSE Hospitality and Catering, GCSE Home Economics: Food and Nutrition before to choose this course, although it will be very useful.


Assessment will be carried out both Internally through assignments and externally through both exam and set assignments.


Unit 1: Both internal and external assessment. A 105 minute exam incorporating short, extended and case study specific questions. A set internal task will allow candidate to produce an assignment.

Unit 2: Is externally assessed through a set assignment that must be completed within an eight hour timed, supervised assessment

Unit 3 and Unit 4: Are assessed through an internally set assignment.

Future opportunities

Your Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition will prepare you for higher education course in BSc Food and Nutrition, BSc Human Nutrition, BSc Public Health Nutrition and BSc Food Science and Technology and a rewarding career as a Food Technologist, Food Designer or Nutritionist. Other possible career paths include chef, social work, teaching or medicine.

Further information

Food Science and Nutrition links well with BTEC Science, Design and Technology, A Level Biology.


Contact Ms. Stapley, Subject Leader in Food Technology, or email her at

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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