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Food Technology A-Level at Sir William Ramsay School

Course description

This course delivers the concepts and processes of Design and Technology through Food. Students will be given the opportunity to design and make food products alongside developing practical skills and gaining knowledge of food, nutrients and the food manufacturing industry. This A Level particularly complements courses in Sport, Business and Health and Social Care.

Course content

By the end of the course, students will have developed skills in the following: communication, independent thinking, research, collaboration, presentation, organisation and time management.

Students should also be able to:

• Design and skilfully make a range of food products

• Confidently use equipment and tools to prepare and cook food

• Identify relevant sources of information and develop criteria for designs

• Design products taking into account the user or client needs and demands

• Take into account the cost of ingredients relative to their nutritional value

The course is made up as follows:


Entry requirements

Students will require Grade C or above in in English Language, ICT and Science. A Grade C in GCSE Food Technology would be an advantage.


AS Level 

Unit 1 – Two hour written exam paper (50%) on: Nutrition; Food Additives; Dietary Planning and Current Health Issues; Food Choice and Current Trends; Food Safety and Hygiene; Food Labelling.

Unit 2 – Coursework Project (50%). Students will design and make high level food products to their own brief. 

A2 Level 

Unit 3 - Two hour written exam paper (50%) on: The Structure of Foods and Working Characteristics; Food Science; Stages of new Product Development; Marketing; Health and Safety; The Influence of Design and Technology on Society; Preservation Methods; Legislation. 

Unit 4 - Coursework Project (50%). Students will design and make high level food products to their own brief, within a commercial context.

Future opportunities

This subject provides a suitable foundation for the study of academic or vocational courses in higher education and will support careers in Food Technology, the Hospitality industry, Nutritional Science, Food Retail and Manufacture.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Ramsay School directly.

Last updated date: 23 April 2015
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