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Food Science and Nutrition BTEC Level 3 at Kennet School

Course description

This is a new course which is designed to offer exciting, interesting experiences through applied learning linked to the study of food. It is particularly suited to learners who enjoy a hands-on practical approach and independent project style learning. It enables learners to demonstrate an understanding of the science of food safety, nutrition & nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts and through on-going practical sessions, to gain practical skills to produce quality food items to meet the needs of individuals. The course will benefit learners from developing personal skills in independent learning, problem solving, research and presentation skills, application of Maths & ICT skills and the opportunity to working alongside professionals.

Course content

Two routes available: One year of study can lead to the Certificate. This qualification would complement learning related to health & social care or sport, where an understanding of nutrition & diets would be useful to care managers and sport fitness instructors. It would also be of relevance to those learners with no prior experience of the content when applied to a vocational context. The Certificate is worth half the UCAS points of the Diploma.

Entry requirements

Grade B and above at GCSE or equivalent in Catering, Food Technology or Food & Nutrition, or a strong interest in Food with a B or above in a GCSE PE or Science subject.


Certificate in Food Science & Nutrition: Unit 1 - Meeting the nutritional needs of specific groups. This is a mandatory unit with internal and external assessment. Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition: Unit 1 - as per the certificate above. Unit 2 - Ensuring food is safe to eat is an externally assessed mandatory unit. Candidates choose between optional units 3 or 4 below: Unit 3 - Experimenting to solve food production problems is internally assessed Unit 4 - Current issues in food science & nutrition is internally assessed.

Future opportunities

Together with other relevant qualifications at level 3 such as AS and A levels in Biology, Chemistry, Sociology, Physical Education and Maths and/ or Level 3 qualifications in Hospitality or Science, learners will gain the required knowledge to support entry to higher education courses such as: • BSc Food & Nutrition • BSc (Hons) Food Science & Technology • BSc Human Nutrition • BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge as do sports coaches and fitness instructors. Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this subject to develop menus, food products and policies that support healthy eating initiatives.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year