Year 9 Options - Food Preparation & Nutrition


The Eduqas GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages you to cook, enables you to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows you to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed yourself and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.  

Anyone considering a career in food or nutrition will benefit from learning about diet related health, nutrition, food safety, food provenance and high level skills in food preparation. This is an oversubscribed course every year, we ask that students choosing Food show a commitment to cooking every other week and the 50% written study elements of the course. Practical lessons will be based on high level skill recipes over a full range of food commodities, culminating in a 3 hour practical exam.


By studying food preparation and nutrition you will:  

Be able to demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking a variety of food commodities whilst using different cooking techniques and equipment.

Develop knowledge and understanding of the functional properties and chemical characteristics of food as well as a sound knowledge of the nutritional content of food and drinks.  

Understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health, including the physiological and psychological effects of poor diet and health.  Understand the economic, environmental, ethical and socio-cultural influences on food availability, production processes, diet and health choices.  

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of functional and nutritional properties, sensory qualities and microbiological food safety considerations when preparing, processing, storing, cooking and serving food.  

Understand and explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional British and International) to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes.


Coursework / Exam requirement: Food & Nutrition coursework will consist of 2 pieces of written/practical coursework that represent 50% of the final GCSE: A food science investigative task, and a research task which culminates in a 3 hour practical cook based on a theme such as regional produce. The other 50% is through an external written exam of 1 hour 30 mins.