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Food Science and Nutrition WJEC Level 3 Diploma (Single) at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

This course is ideal for those who wish to pursue any type of career in catering, as students will gain a wealth of knowledge about the food and nutrition industry. Students will learn about the relationship between the human body and food, as well as numerous practical skills for preparing, cooking, and presenting food for different occasions and events.

The diploma has been designed with flexible choices, enabling students to specialise in individual areas of interest, with a strong emphasis on practical work. Student learning will mirror many work activities in the food and nutrition industry, through a range of contexts, enabling them to extend their learning outside the classroom.

Course content


Students will complete two units of study in the first year. In the first unit students learn the basic science of nutrition, as well as how to make food safe to eat, in a wide range of contexts, gaining practical skills to produce quality food for a range of different people. The second unit focuses on the understanding of the science of food safety and hygiene, supported by practical sessions.


Students will study one of two optional units, focusing on subjects of particular interest or relevance to them, building on previous learning. These optional units involve either experimenting to solve food production problems or investigating current issues in food science and nutrition.


The first mandatory unit, based on meeting the nutritional needs of specific groups, is both internally and externally assessed, with the second unit on ensuring food is safe to eat, being externally assessed. Both optional units are internally assessed through one assignment. There is one exam which is one and a half hours long at the end of the second year. The exam includes short and extended answer questions, as well as a case study.

If students only complete the first year, they will gain a Level 3 Certificate in Food Science and Nutrition, gaining a Diploma if they complete the second year. Students will achieve a pass, merit, distinction or distinction* for this qualification.

Future opportunities

This is an ideal course for those wishing to pursue any career in the catering, food science or food production industry. Together with other relevant qualifications, students will gain the required knowledge to support entry into higher education courses at university, such as BSc Food and Nutrition, BSc Human Nutrition, and BSc (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2017
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