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Food Technology

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (AQA) 

Subject content

Food preparation skills – these are intended to be integrated into the five sections:

  1. Food, nutrition and health
  2. Food science
  3. Food safety
  4. Food choice
  5. Food provenance


Paper 1: Food preparation and nutrition

What's assessed

Theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition from Sections 1 to 5.

How it's assessed

·       Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·       100 marks

·       50% of GCSE


·       Multiple choice questions (20 marks)

·       Five questions each with a number of sub questions (80 marks)


Non-exam assessment (NEA)

What's assessed

Task 1: Food investigation (30 marks)

Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.

Practical investigations are a compulsory element of this NEA task.

Task 2: Food preparation assessment (70 marks)

Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task.

Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.

How it's assessed

·       Task 1: Written or electronic report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation.

·       Task 2: Written or electronic portfolio including photographic evidence. Photographic evidence of the three final dishes must be included.


AS Award 1540

Unit 1 – FOOD1

Materials, Components and Application

50% of AS, 25% of A-level

2 hour written paper

80 marks

Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections

Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions

Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two

Section 3 contains one compulsory question

Unit 2 – FOOD2

Learning Through Designing and Making

50% of AS, 25% of A-level

Coursework – approx. 50 hours

80 marks

Written (or electronic) design portfolio

Manufactured outcome(s)

Coursework may take a number of forms: a single design-and-make project, two smaller projects or a portfolio of work

A2 Award 2540

Unit 3 – FOOD3

Design and Manufacture

25% of A-level

2 hour written paper

84 marks

Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections

Candidates answer three questions: one question from three in each section, plus a final question from either section

Includes synoptic assessment

Unit 4 – FOOD4

Design and Making Practice

25% of A-level

Coursework – approx. 60 hours

85 marks

Written (or electronic) design folder

Manufactured outcome

Candidates submit evidence of a single, substantial designing and making activity

AS + A2 = A-level