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Food Technology A Level at Coombe Girls' School

Course description

Food is a major employer in the UK - a highly competitive and challenging industry offering a wealth of employment opportunities. Students who choose Food Technology will find there is something in the course to satisfy and stimulate every appetite! You will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the sensory properties of food, food science and the functional properties of the main food components:- proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. You will also study the effect of processing on these nutrients in foods.

The food industry and the analysis of food products with reference to socio-economic, environmental and technological factors play an important role in the course. We will investigate what really goes into our food and how it is manufactured.

The coursework project provides the opportunity to research and design a new food product. In this part of the course you will need to apply skills and knowledge from other areas such as Science, Information Technology, Art and Mathematics.

Course content

AS Food students take a broad view of Design Technology, food science and nutrition, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

At A2 the course increases in challenge containing significantly more complex science links as well as design and manufacturing concepts.

Modules that you will cover and assessment details

 AS Materials, Components and Application, Learning Through Designing and Making 25% of A Level - 2 hr Written Paper 25% of A Level - 50 hrs Coursework Project

 A2 Design and Manufacture 25% of A Level - 2 hr Written Paper 25% of A Level - 60 hrs Coursework Project

Entry requirements

We require you to have at least a grade B in a creative subject. These might include: Art & Design, Photography, Textiles, Resistant Materials and Graphics. Students need to demonstrate commitment to the folder and practical work as the distinguishing feature of this subject is its coursework and practical nature. Good ICT skills are needed for the major coursework project.

Students will be expected to have 7 A* - C grades at GCSE including English Language and Science.


The course structure is the same as GCSE and builds on the knowledge learnt at GCSE. Students will again produce a coursework design folder, a food prototype and sit an exam.

Future opportunities

Food Technology develops and uses transferable key skills - communication skills, numeracy, management of your own learning, collaborative working, problemsolving, critical and analytical thinking, flexibility and adaptability.

Finally you would develop and demonstrate management skills, e.g in projects and tasks, setting targets, reviewing and monitoring progress, time and resource management, planning and organisation.

Students can go on to study a range of courses such as Food Management, Teacher Training, Occupational and Environmental Health, Food Science and Technology, Consumer Science, Nursing, Product management and Hotel and Catering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombe Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years