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Design and Technology – Food Technology at Nobel School

Course description

Awarding Body: AQA

The course has been designed to encourage students to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

The Food Technology course is intended to reflect the knowledge and practice required to create and develop new products in the food industry. Candidates will use graphical communications as part of their Design and Technology work. Project work will focus on each stage of The Product Development Process.

Course content

The course will enable you to:

  • Develop and sustain your own innovation, creativity and design and technology capability, to recognise constraints and to produce high quality products.
  • Understand the food science and the functional properties of the main components; proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
  • Analyse and develop food products with reference to socio-economic, environmental and technological factors.
  • Acquire a broad knowledge of the manufacturing systems used to produce a variety of food products suitable for the retail and catering markets.
  • Use a variety of ICT packages i.e., nutritional analysis program, Powerpoint, email, internet, spreadsheets, drawing program.
  • Develop as a discerning consumer able to make informed choices.
  • Develop positive attitudes of co-operation and citizenship and work collaboratively.


AS level

Unit 1 (50% of AS level marks, 25% of the A level marks). Exam (2 hours). The paper is based primarily on Materials, Components and Application. All candidates will be required to answer section 1 and 3. Candidates will then answer one question from two in section 2.

Unit 2 (50% of AS level marks, 25% of the A level marks). Coursework (approx 50 hours). This is a single design and make project.

Those students who wish only to study AS level Food Technology will finish the course after these 2 modules.

A2 Level

Unit 3 (25% of the A level marks). This is a written paper (2 hours) based primarily on the Design and Market Influences. It is synoptic paper. Candidates must answer one question from each section and one other question from any section.

Unit 4 (25% of the A level marks). Project (approx 60 hours). This is a single, substantial designing and making activity.

Future opportunities

You will find this course useful if you wish to follow a career in the following areas:

  • Food Technology
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Food Marketing
  • Food Scientist
  • Nutritionist
  • Dietician
  • Food Policy
  • Teaching

Further information

Who would be a successful student of Food Technology?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Enjoy creating, new food products in response to a brief.
  • Have an inquiring mind to find out how and why food products are made.
  • Are interested in the food we eat and its effects on the body.
  • Want to learn more about the food industry.
  • Are keen to develop their ICT skills.
  • Are happy to work independently.

Extra curricular Activities

These could include:

  • A study day in London
  • Visits to local manufacturers and retailers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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