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Food Technology A-Level at Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why study Food Technology?

The food industry is a major employer in the UK - a highly competitive and challenging industry offering a wealth of employment opportunities. Students who choose Food Technology will find there is something in the course to satisfy and stimulate every appetite! You will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the sensory properties of food, food science and the functional properties of the main food components: proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. You will also study the effect of processing on these nutrients in foods. The food industry and the analysis of food products with reference to socio-economic, environmental and technological factors play an important role in the course. We will investigate what really goes into our food and how it is manufactured.

The coursework project provides the opportunity to research and design a new food product. In this part of the course you will need to apply skills and knowledge from other areas such as Science, Information Technology, Art and Mathematics.

What does the course involve?

AS Materials, Components and Application, Learning Through Designing and Making

25% of A Level - 2 hr Written Paper

25% of A Level - 50 hrs Coursework Project (roughly equivalent to a GCSE project)

A2 Design and Manufacture

25% of A Level - 2 hr Written Paper

25% of A Level - 60 hrs Coursework Project (Major Project)

Progression and Career Opportunities:

Students can go on to study a range of courses such as food management, teacher training, occupational and environmental health, food science and technology, consumer science, nursing, product management and hotel and catering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years