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GCSE Catering at Queen Elizabeth School

Course description

The Catering industry is our major local employer, with a huge range of jobs and establishments to work in. Further afield the industry recruits at graduate level into major global companies where you are offered a fulfilling career that could easily include international travel in positions of serious responsibility. If you have an interest in and genuine passion for food and want to be part of an exciting, dynamic and growing industry then this could be the course for you. 


Course content

Well, you get to cook every week and, once the basic skills are mastered, you have opportunities to be creative and innovative in the use of a wide range of ingredients that reflect your widening knowledge and understanding of the subject.

The theory is taught using a range of delivery styles that encourage your full participation, giving opportunity to express opinion, share ideas and experiences of food in general. It is a subject with a great variety of content including both independent and team working, problem solving, costing and planning. The course covers elements of food science, use of commodities, nutrition and actively encourages you to explore the wide diversity of foods available and their application in creating a wide variety of dishes.

Entry requirements

A genuine enjoyment of food, an enquiring mind and a willingness to learn.



There are two types of assessment in your study:

In Year 10 you complete a controlled assessment that includes recorded research; practical and evaluation tasks spread over 15 hours of class work (20%).

This is followed in Year 11 by a second controlled assessment task that requires a thorough and rigorous investigation that again encompasses a full range of recorded research, practical and evaluations over 30 hours of class work (40%).

The final 40% of marks come from a 1hour 15 minute written theory exam.


Future opportunities

Upon completion of the GCSE Catering you can progress to sixth form where you may choose to study Food Technology at A Level. The course can also lead towards both College and University where a growing range of Nutrition, Hospitality and Leisure courses are available. Many of the functional skills are directly transferrable to other disciplines and employers are keen for people who have taken such courses. You will have used skills that will help you to analyse, research, create and investigate by the use of many techniques. You will be familiar with team and independent working, as well as being able to work within tight budget and time constraints which are valuable attributes in the modern workplace.

Further information

You can speak to Mr Hill to discuss your suitability for this vibrant engaging subject.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years