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Level 3 Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition at Silverdale

Course description

This course provides students with underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to further study and training.

Course content

Students complete three units: two mandatory and one optional. The first mandatory unit, Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups, enables them to demonstrate an understanding of the science of food safety, nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts, and through on–going practical sessions, to gain practical skills to produce quality food items to meet the needs of individuals. The second mandatory unit, Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat, allows students to develop their understanding of the science of food safety and hygiene – essential knowledge for anyone involved in food production in the home or wishing to work in the food industry. Again, practical sessions support the gaining of theoretical knowledge and ensure learning is a tactile experience. Studying one of the two optional units allows students the opportunity to study subjects of particular interest or relevance to them, building on previous learning and experiences. The choice is between Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems and Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition. Students are expected to provide some of their own ingredients and make a contribution in lessons of £1 where necessary.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in Science and either Grade 6 or above in GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, or at least a Merit in WJEC Level 2 Hospitality and Catering.


Students are assessed via two internally marked assignments, an externally marked assignment and an externally marked exam.

Future opportunities

Together with other relevant qualifications at Level 3, such as A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, Sociology and Maths and/or Level 3 qualifications in Hospitality or Science, learners will gain the required knowledge to be able to use the qualification to support entry to higher education courses such as BSc Food and Nutrition, BSc Human Nutrition, BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition orBSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology amongst others.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 October 2018
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    • Please use the web link above to access information about the Sixth Form timetable structure at Silverdale. It is vitally important that you look at our blocking when deciding on your subjects.This will ensure that your choices are compatible with our timetable.

      You must select one subject from each of the four blocks (or from three blocks if you are only studying three subjects).

      All our courses offered will run from September 2018 subject to sufficient demand.