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Food Science and Nutrition WJEC Level 3 Certificate at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman

Course description

An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles. Care providers and nutritionist in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors. Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that support healthy eating initiatives. Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates. The WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Food Science and Nutrition has been designed to underpin knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to further study and training.

Course content

The qualification is generally delivered over two years and is likely to be studied in schools alongside GCE AS and A Levels and other L3 vocational qualifications.

Qualification structure and content

Unit 1 - Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups

Entry requirements

Although there are no formal entry requirements, the qualification supports progression from GCSEs in, Design and Technology: Food Technology, Biology and Physical Education as well as vocational qualifications such as the BTEC Health and Social Care.

GCSE Point Scores

In advising students as to the most suitable choice of post-16 courses/programmes of study, we use a GCSE 'Point Score' as a benchmark.

The Score is made up from the best six GCSE grades achieved by the student using the following scale:-

A* - 8 points

A - 7 points

B - 6 points

C - 5 points

D - 4 points

E - 3 points

F - 2 points

G - 1 point

This process has been used successfully over a number of years and proved to be an accurate predictor of likely success through the various possible routes of study.

Yellow Route:

  • To study 4 A Level subjects over 2 years – 42 points (minimum) including Maths & English (following consultation)
  • To Study 3 A Level subjects over 2 years points – 30 points (minimum) including Maths & English

Green Route:

  • To study a green route a point score of 30 points from at least 4 separate subjects

N.B. Although, as stated above, these ‘scores’ are good predictors of likely success upon entry into the Sixth Form, each student is treated as an individual and the post GCSE Interview is a very important process. Parents are welcome to be present at these interviews.


Assessed both internally and externally.

Future opportunities

Pupils who exceed expectations in the certificate will be given the opportunity to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition.

Further information

Facilities within the department have been updated and are excellent and include:

  • Two specialist teaching/study rooms
  • Computer rooms which are also available within the department

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Dyffryn Aman directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September