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Food Technology AS Level (Edexcel) at The North Halifax Grammar School

Course description

Design and Technology – Food Technology Specification: Edexcel GCE A Level

“Food Glorious Food. What more could you wish for?” We all need to eat, but how much do we actually know about what we are eating? Do we know what goes into our food and how it is processed to be Supermarket-ready? Are additives good or bad for us? How are we going to feed a growing population? How are we going to be healthy? These questions and more are answered by following a course in Food Technology at A level. Career opportunities for successful students can be found in New Product Development, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Food Management and Hospitality. Courses at University offer a wide range of opportunities to work in industry and gain work experience as part of their programme of study, therefore increasing the chances of employment after university. The course explores the design possibilities of new food products while developing practical skills and in-depth knowledge of Food Materials and Components and Food Processing and works with other A level courses in both Science and Humanities as it looks at the science of food and processing and the issues that consumers face. The exam board says: “The practical problem-solving processes in this subject will encourage independent learning, creativity and innovation” “It offers candidates personal satisfaction and a positive experience from working with a variety of Food Materials” The students say: “It made so much more sense of my Biology and Chemistry lessons. I actually understood the work” “It is amazing what the food industry does to our food and how much people don’t know about food” It is accepted by many universities in combination with science subjects for entry to science based course as well as being an invaluable and essential life skill and a relaxing interest. It is not essential to have a GCSE in Food Technology just have an interest in Food. GCSE Science is essential. 100% of students pass with over 50% achieving grade A and B The course is divided into 4 units. AS – Unit 1 Portfolio of Creative Skills: 3 practical tasks, internally set and moderated, designed to demonstrate a student’s creativity and knowledge, using different design approaches. Design briefs are arrived at through discussion and take account of interests within the group AS – Unit 2 Externally assessed examination based on knowledge and understanding of Materials, Components, and Ingredients, and Industrial Processing of Food A2- Unit 3 Externally assessed examination based on Food Products, Nutrition and Product Development A2 – Unit 4 Commercial Design. Students work with a client to design and produce a commercially viable food product. The client and the project are chosen by the candidate to reflect interests and future plans. It would be helpful if students could practice their practical skills during the Summer and take note of any food related items that appear in the media, so that they can contribute successfully as soon as the course begins.

For any further information, please see Mrs. Hunt or any current Food A Level students.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The North Halifax Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years