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Home Economics (Food, Nutrition & Health) A Level at Chipping Sodbury School

Course description

This Home-Economics A-level is about the management of resources such as food, finances and energy to meet individual and family needs. As a result, the course is very broad and there is a lot of choice available. You might study provision for the homeless, dabble in nutrition science or concentrate on consumer studies. Students who have not studied a food related course at GCSE will be considered for this course.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths. Plus C in GCSE Food.


AS Level

Society and Health – Exam - 1hour 30mins written paper – 50% of the total AS GCE marks

  • Demography
  • Family and Society – Role of the family and Standard of Living
  • Key issues for Society – Poverty, Employment/unemployment, Leisure, Homelessness
  • Environmental issues – Recycling
  • Social Issues – The Welfare State
  • Health – Obesity, Dental Decay, Coronary Heart Disease, Smoking, Excess Alcohol

Resource Management - Exam - 1hour 30mins written paper – 50% of the total AS GCE marks

  • Resources – Management and Financial Awareness
  • Food Provision – Eating habits
  • The Selection and Purchase of Food and Household Goods – Consumer Rights, Purchasing and Retailing of Food
  • Food Preparation and Cooking Equipment
  • Food Safety and Hygiene – Food Contamination and Standards

A2 Level

Coursework Study – candidates select their own content and develop their own task, up to 3000 words - 25% of the total GCE marks

Nutrition and Food Production - Exam – 1 Hour 30mins written paper – 25% of the total A2 GCE marks

  • Introduction to Nutrition – Macro and Micro Nutrients
  • Nutrients and Energy
  • Groups with Nutritional and Dietary Needs
  • Properties of Food
  • Design, Development and Production of Food
  • Developments in the Food Industry

Future opportunities

An AS or A level in Food, Nutrition and Health is readily accepted by Institutes of Higher Education and Employers. As this course is very board it covers many different careers paths which include – Nutrition, Dietetics, Food Science, Sport Science, Product Development, Marketing, Food & Consumer Studies, Environmental Health, Hospitality and Catering, Leisure and Tourism, Social Work, Health & Social Care disciplines, Nursing, Teaching and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Sodbury School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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