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Food Science & Nutrition Level 3 Diploma at Darrick Wood School

Course description

The course consists of 3 units:
Unit 1 Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups (Mandatory). This includes detailed work on nutrients, their chemical structure and functions in the body. It also requires complex practical skills to produce meals for specific target groups.
Unit 2 Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat (Mandatory). This involves the study of food safety, HACCP and risk assessment. A training resource for specific contexts has to be produced.
Unit 3 Experimenting to solve food production problems (Optional). This unit investigates food production and associated problems. It involves scientific experimental work and data assessment.
Unit 4 Current Issues in Food Science & Nutrition (Optional). This unit investigates current issues affecting consumer food choices. A study on a chosen topic must be submitted.

Course content

Unit 1 and 2 (both Mandatory) are studied in Year 12. Unit 1 is tested by an examination in June of Year 12 and a practical examination based on a specific scenario e.g. a restaurant in a university town.
Unit 2 requires a portfolio of a staff food safety handbook for a food specific company, with risk assessment and HACCP checks for menu.
Unit 3 or 4 will be studied in Year 13.
Unit 3 requires experimental work, lab reports and solutions to a food production problem. Students are given 8 hours to complete this assessment.
In Unit 4, students have 14 hours to investigate a current food and nutrition issue of interest e.g. Is it easy to follow a vegetarian diet? Is it possible to have a balanced diet on a low budget? Does breakfast club in school help concentration levels?

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in GCSE Chemistry or two 5 grades in Combined Science
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics


Unit 1 Examination of 90 minutes plus 15 minutes reading time in June of Year 12, along with a practical examination in December of Year 12.
Unit 2 An external assessment of the food safety topic to be completed by May 5th of Year 13.
Unit 3/4 An internally assessed project which has to be submitted in March of Year 13.

Future opportunities

Teaching, food technologist, food buyer, customer care/customer relations, food & beverage service/management, dietician, food science jobs, food product development, market research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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