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Food Science and Nutrition Level 3 Diploma at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace

Course description

Linear - 2 year course

This qualification focuses on key areas including:

  • Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups

  • Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat

  • Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition

Course content

During this course, you will complete three units of work.

The purpose of unit 1 is for you to develop an understanding of the nutritional needs of specific target groups and plan and cook complex dishes to meet their nutritional needs. You will develop skills for preparing, cooking and presenting dishes that meet specific needs.

The second unit of work is ‘Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat’. In this unit you will develop an understanding of hazards and risks in relation to the storage, preparation and cooking of food in different environments and the control measures needed to minimise these risks. From this understanding, you will be able to recommend the control measures that need to be in place in different environments, where food is stored, prepared and cooked.

The third unit of work is focusing on ‘Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition’. Through this unit, you will develop the skills needed to plan, carry out and present a research project on current issues linked to issues related to food science and nutrition. Through individual and group projects, you will learn about how key stakeholders within the food industry are responding to changes in food related habits. The projects will also help you develop the skills needed to effectively plan and carryout an individual research project.

Entry requirements

Students require a GCSE A*-C grade in one or more of the following: Food Technology, Hospitality and Catering, Home Economics: Food and Nutrition, Biology, Physical Education or Humanities.


  • Unit 1: ‘Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups’ will be both internally and externally assessed -  90 minute examination; plus 15 minutes reading time


  • Unit 2: An assignment will be produced


  • Unit 3: Unit is assessed through summative controlled assessment

Future opportunities

Together with other relevant qualifications at Level 3, such as AS and A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Sociology and Maths and/or Level 3 qualifications in Hospitality or Science, you will gain the required knowledge to be able to use the qualification to support entry to Higher Education courses such as; BSc Food and Nutrition, BSc Human Nutrition, BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition, BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology.

An understanding of Food Science and Nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles.


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 understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that support healthy eating initiatives. Other careers could also include: Animal Nutritionist, Dietitian, Food Technologist, Nutritional Therapist, Product/Process Development and Toxicologist. There are many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition available to graduates.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris City Academy Crystal Palace directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2017

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