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Food Technology A Level at Oasis Academy Brightstowe

Course description

Food technology is using food science for the creation, preservation, processing, packaging and distribution of food products. This course focuses on where food comes from and how industry has evolved to meet consumer demand. Food technology offers an opportunity to learn the origins of food materials and how these materials are processed into final products. The understanding of nutrition and the effects that processing has on nutrient content is examined. Alongside this you will consider a wide range of nutritional needs which may be related to dietary conditions, cultural reasons and personal choice. Practical opportunities will be many; you will develop existing skills and will use these skills to develop new and innovative food products, which meet existing and future consumer needs. If considering this course you need to have a strong passion for food and for creating innovative, interesting new food products.

Course content

The key elements of the course will cover; 

Materials and components: nutrition macro and micro nutrients, requirements for water, the relationship between diet and health; energy balance, food additives.

Design and market influences: dietary planning, current health factors and concerns, health promotion, social factors, dietary needs of individuals, influences of culture, food choice, issues affecting the design of new products, product development, communication methods used in the food industry, user of ICT in the food industry.

Processes and manufacture: food safety and hygiene, types of bacteria, food hygiene legislation, food labelling, preservation methods and extending shelflife, systems and controls for monitoring food safety.

Entry requirements

NBP16C level 3 entry requirement, including grade A* - C in food, catering or health and social care.


Much of the course is taught through the coursework components, giving opportunity for individual development of practical skills. Practical skills need to show high level technical ability to access higher marks. Learning will take place through individual and group work, you will be expected to research areas of the specification and present to your fellow students. Experimental and product analysis sessions will also take place to reflect industry practice. Where possible we endeavour to arrange visit local food manufacturers. Revision of all the specification throughout the year is essential for examination success.

Future opportunities

Your A Level in food technology will prepare you for higher education and a rewarding career in food technology, food design, nutrition, environmental health, food retail and hospitality management. Other possible career paths include social work, teaching or medicine. These courses will provide direct links to future career choices. You can use your qualification alongside others to access higher education courses in non-technology subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 July 2015

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