GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
The course will provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare and cook food safely using a wide range of food commodities, cooking skills, techniques, and equipment.
The course is divided into: 1. Food, nutrition and health 2. Food science 3. Food safety 4. Food choice 5. Food provenance
The Food preparation and cooking skills are integrated into the five areas which are taught with a practical focus and learners build up a huge array of skills and techniques
The course is assessed through -
A written examination at the end of the course - Principles of Food Preparation
Two non-examination assessments completed in year 11.
NEA 1 - The Food investigation task - a scientific food investigation
NEA 2 The Food Preparation task- planning, preparing, cooking & presenting a menu in a set time.
Please find a link to the website for the specification https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food/gcse/food-preparation-and-nutrition-8585/specification-at-a-glance
The course involve a year 9 foundation course which builds learners' practical skills and understanding of food commodities and food safety.
The course focuses on developing learners' practical skills and an example of some of the products you would expect to be making include -
Pastry making - puff pastry, choux pastry, shortcrust pastry - making products such as chocolate eclairs, lemon meringue pie, sausage rolls, apple pie etc
Cake making methods -brownies, Victoria sandwich cake, lemon drizzle, swiss roll, gateaux etc
Bread making - flavoured bread, bread sticks, focaccia, ciabatta, soda bread, flat bread
Sauce making - white sauce, velouté, bechamel, ragu, mayonnaise, hollandaise sauce, fresh custard
Making vegetarian, and vegan dishes
Working with different meats and fish – chicken, beef, pork
Pasta making - making and tagliatelle, ravioli, lasagne
Foods from around the world - including jambalaya, chow mein, curries, fajitas, pizzas etc
Desserts making - cheesecakes, panna cotta and souffle if you want the challenge.
Developing your own dishes and finding recipes that inspire you to prepare and make.