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Food Technology A Level at Coombeshead Academy

Course description

This course has been designed to encourage students to take a broad view of
technology and particularly the importance of food and its impact on society.
Students are be given the opportunity to develop an understanding of:-
- Food Science and the functional properties of the main food
- the development of the food industry
- the analysis of products with reference to socio-economic,
environmental and technological factors
- industrial processes in the retail and catering industry
The course also has elements of Food Science within it, the emphasis being on Food
The coursework elements at AS and A2 level are substantial parts of the course,
taking approximately 50 hours.

Course content

AS units
Unit 1 is divided into three discrete areas:-
- product investigation
- product design
- product manufacture.
With a strong bias for practical work, students are encouraged to be creative and
Unit 2 covers nutrition, microbiology and additives.
The two AS units are based on commercial food production and methods.
A2 units
Unit 3
- Food commodities
- Understanding food products, nutrition and quality control
- Product development and food
- Innovation and consumerism.
Unit 4
The coursework at A2 is a complete design project. Ideally the students will make a
link to a food business to act as a client to provide feedback when they design and
make their own food products.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in Food or Catering would be an advantage.
In some circumstances a C grade would be acceptable if accompanied by other good
grades in related subjects.



AS: two units of assessment (including portfolio of creative skills)
A2: two further A2 units (including commercial design coursework)

Future opportunities

Design and Technology related subjects are now recognised as full A Levels by most
Universities. This course is aimed at students who will be engaged in Food Science at
degree level but also those who may gain employment in Food Retailing or
Catering. Food Technology allied to other sciences, e.g. Biology and Chemistry,
would also be suitable for students going on to study Microbiology or Chemistry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombeshead Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years