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Design and Technology: Food Technology A level at Wilmslow High School

Course description

This course will provide you with an interesting and challenging opportunity to further develop your designing skills, understanding of ingredient interaction and capability in manufacture of final products.  You will be encouraged to adopt a broad view of technology and design in order to appreciate the complex relations between concept, design materials, manufacture and marketing, whilst remaining innovative, working towards producing high quality final products.

At AS, you will have the opportunity to study nutrition and design and making in the human context. Knowledge of food science and of a wide range of materials and components used in the making of food products will be developed. You will be given the opportunity to develop and solve a problem relating to food design and making and will gain an understanding of industrial and commercial practices within the area of Food Technology.  At A2, the specification offers you the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS and you will continue to develop design work alongside an understanding of food science, processes and commercial food manufacture.

Course content

The subject content consists of the following main areas of study:

  • macro and micro nutrients, measurement of energy and the importance of adequate water intake
  • dietary planning, BMI and health and health promotion
  • the relationship between diet and health
  • social factors; the family, family patterns, family lifecycle, changes in family composition, culture, economics and work
  • dietary needs of individuals at different life stages, special diets and lifestyles
  • food additives
  • environmental factors influencing food choices; organic food and sources of energy
  • mass media; advertising, television, magazines and the press
  • issues affecting the design of new food products
  • food safety and hygiene, food labelling and nutritional information
  • health and safety
  • the physical and chemical structures of the macro nutrients
  • working characteristics in relation to the physical and sensory attributes of the food
  • the nutritional composition of food
  • manipulating and combining food materials and components and the application of this in food processing and product development
  • the beneficial and detrimental effect of micro organisms and enzymes
  • issues affecting the design of new products
  • design in practice
  • preservation methods and extending shelf-life; quality assurance and quality control
  • legislation systems and control.

Entry requirements

A C grade at GCSE in a Design and Technology subject is essential, and a B grade is recommended, as is an interest in food. It is also essential for students following this course to be highly motivated and self disciplined, since much of the work will require independent research and planning.


Unit 1: Materials and Components

Written exam: 2 hours

Weighting: 50% of total AS/25% of total ‘A’ level


Unit 2: Design & Make Portfolio

Coursework (50 hours)

Weighting: 50% of total AS/25% of total ‘A’ level


Unit 3: Design and Manufacture

Written exam: 2 hours

Weighting: 25% of total ‘A’ level


Unit 4: Designing and making project

Coursework (60 hours)

Weighting: 25% of total ‘A’ level

Further information

Design and Technology: Food Technology A level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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