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 AQA 'A' Level Food Technology

'A' level Food Technology is an extension of GCSE Food Technology, where again we use the AQA specification. Many areas previously covered at GCSE level are revisited in greater detail. Both the AS and A2 courses have an element of coursework and written examination.

  • Y12 – 3 separate portfolios and 1 written exam
  • Y13 – 1 piece of work and 1 written exam

What does the course involve?

  • Analysing and tasting new products
  • Designing food based solutions to meet a specification
  • Researching relevant dietary aspects
  • Discussing topical food related issues
  • Visits into the food industry
  • Practical and experimental work
  • Gaining an understanding of ingredients, processing and functions
  • Considering mass production processes

Coursework

This is an extension of the type of coursework covered at GCSE but in this case you design the brief to be answered and research, trial and develop solutions considering how your products meet the desired needs. The following is a list of possible coursework tasks although any area of interest can be studied:

  • Vegetarian Christmas lunch at a local restaurant
  • Foods children can help to prepare
  • Balanced foods on a budget for students
  • Children's birthday products using natural colours and flavours
  • School meals reflecting Jamie Oliver's advice
  • Duke of Edinburgh expedition foods for vegetarians
  • Soups reflecting a multicultural society
  • Restaurant standard delivered meals, which clients can put finishing touches to, for dinner parties
  • Breakfast foods for people on the move

Course Comments

Students find this is an interesting and worthwhile course as so many aspects have a huge relevance in a changing society. All of the key skills of communication, application of number, information technology and problem solving are integral parts of the course and will help learning and performance

Career Pathways

Students who have studied this course elsewhere have used it to access higher education courses in food and retail management or hospitality and catering. The broad and varied course content also lends itself to courses in food science and recipe development for large organisations. There are a number of universities offering food based courses across the country.


Career Prospects

The food industry is an ever growing sector of our economy with hundreds of new food products being developed every year! Employment in the Food Industry is diverse and includes areas such as:

  • New Product Development
  • Sensory Testing
  • Marketing
  • Environmental Health
  • Consumer Services and Advice
  • Food and Environment Legislation
  • Dietician
  • Packaging and labelling
  • Resourcing ingredients
  • A buyer for a large supermarket

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