Food Technology A Level at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School
An IT qualification is not required but evidence of interest and involvement in computing is expected. At least Grade B grade in Maths and Science is required in addition to normal entry requirements as this is a course which requires a good level of technical and logical thought.
This course is aimed at launching you into the world of food design. From it you can take up courses in catering, food product design, food safety, food sourcing for commercial outlets, nutrition, dietetics, In order to become a truly effective designer it is important that you have a good understanding of the sensory, physical and nutritional properties of materials and the processes that are used to make food products.
It is also important that you have a concept of what design is around you and the type of fashion and trends that currently shape our eating habits. Part of this will be a consideration of food from around the globe and the use of new technologies to create new and exciting food products.
Topics covered will include: The relationship between Diet and Health, Nutrients, Dietary needs of individuals, Food Additives, Factors affecting food choice, Food Safety, Chemical and physical characteristics of nutrients and food ingredients. The course is designed to encourage you to be as creative as possible, so it is important that you possess a lot of selfmotivation and are prepared to try out ideas.
In the A2 year you are encouraged to make a link with industry in order to find out how food product design is carried out in reality. This will give opportunities to visit companies close to the local area. The nutrition elements become more detailed and so you need to be comfortable in your Science/Biology.
The final year provides the platform for you to really show what you can do through a final major project. This should combine your food preparation skills and your, by now, very creative ideas!
There is only one exam in the final year and this looks to draw on your experience throughout the whole course. It will examine your knowledge of materials, processes, as well as understanding of the wider issues in design, like quality control, environmental issues and ethical considerations.
A B grade is required in Food Technology at GCSE if studied but this is not necessary if there is evidence of relevant skills and experience in the subject area elsewhere.
1 Exam and 1 Coursework piece in each year.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School directly.