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Food Science and Nutrition Level 3 Diploma at West Lakes Academy

Course description

This is an applied general qualification that supports learners progressing to university. It has been designed to offer exciting, interesting experiences that focus learning through applied learning.

This course will appeal to learners that want to learn in such ways that develop:

  • Skills required for independent learning and development
  • Skills to ensure their own dietary heath and well being
  • The skills of project based research, development and presentation
  • The ability to apply ICT skills
  • The fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals in a professional environment
  • The ability to apply learning in vocational contexts.

Course content

Mandatory units

Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups

This will enable the learner to demonstrate an understanding of the science and food safety, nutrition and nutrition needs in a wide range of contexts, and through on-going practical sessions, to gain practical skills to produce quality items that meet the needs of individuals.

Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat

The second mandatory unit will allow learners to develop their understanding of the science of food safety and hygiene; essential for anyone involved in food production in the home or wishing to work in the food industry. Again practical sessions will support the gaining of theoretical knowledge and ensure learning is a tactile experience.

Optional units

Studying one of the two optional units will allow learners the opportunity to study subjects of particular interest or relevance to them, building on previous learning and experiences.

The optional units are

  • Experimenting to Solve Food Production
  • Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition.

Entry requirements

At least 5 grade A*-C GCSEs, including a grade 4 in English and maths. Though not essential, a GCSE in food technology, biology, physical education or humanities are desirable.


External Assessment.

  • Unit 1 Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups - External assessment is a 90 minute examination,
  • Unit 2 Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat - An 8 hour supervised assessment

Internal Assessment

The following units are internally assessed

  • Unit 1- Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups
  • Unit 3 - Experimenting to Solve Food Production
  • Unit 4 - Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition.

Future opportunities

Together with other relevant qualifications at level 3, such as AS and A Levels in biology, chemistry, sociology and maths or level 3 qualifications in science, learners will gain the required knowledge to be able to use this level 3 qualification to support entry into higher education courses such as:

  • BSc Food and Nutrition
  • BSc Human Nutrition
  • BSc (hons) Public Health Nutrition
  • BSc (hons) Food Science and Technology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lakes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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