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Food Technology AS & A level at Stowupland High School

Course description


Students study nutrition and design and making food products.  Knowledge of food science and the wide range of materials and components used in the making of food products and how they are developed.  Students are given the opportunity to develop and solve a problem relating to food design and making in the coursework, whilst the examination tests knowledge, understanding and design skills.  You will gain an understanding of industrial and commercial practices within the area of Food Technology.


Students build further upon the knowledge and practical skills gained at AS.  Students continue to develop design work, alongside an understanding of food science, processes and commercial food manufacture (the latter being focused upon in much more detail than at AS, where it is not a requirement of the coursework). 

Entry requirements

You will have ideally studied Food Technology at GCSE , although this is not absolutely essential, but you will have obtained GCSE science at a grade C or above.  You need to have enjoyed problem solving and the opportunity to create new products.  You will have good self management and coursework management skills, be able to meet deadlines, be organised and enjoy using your own initiative. If you are inquisitive about the world of food technology and nutrition, are able to cook and understand how food works and can respond to a challenge, then Food Technology would be ideal.   


There are two units for each of AS and A2, with an examination and a coursework unit at both levels.  Students taking the A2 qualification must take all four units.  The examination is to be synoptic.


AS—Unit 1 – (FOOD1) Materials, Components and Application:

50% of AS, 25% of A2

2 hour written exam

Unit 2 (FOOD2) Learning Through Designing and Making

50% of AS, 25% of A2

Coursework – approximately 50 hours

A2—Unit 3 (FOOD3) Design and Manufacture

25% of A2

2 hour written exam

Unit 4 (FOOD4) Design and Making Practice

25% of A2

Coursework – approximately 60 hours 

Future opportunities

With a qualification in Food Technology you can go on to higher education, further education and/ or work in the vast field of industries associated with Food Technology.

Specific careers and courses may include: Nutritionist, Dietician, Research Chef, Food Stylist, Marketing Manager, Environmental Health Officer, Food Buyer, Food Manufacture, Healthcare Professional, Hotelier, to name but a few. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September