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AQA GCSE Food Technology

Year 10:

GCSE Food Technology involves students learning about how ideas for new food products are developed and eventually end up on supermarket shelves. The year is divided up into different projects focusing on different areas of the GCSE specification;

  • Getting the Basics Right
  • Investigating Food
    • Protein
    • Fats
    • Carbohydrates
    • Vitamins and minerals
  • Large scale manufacture

Students spend Year 10 developing their skills both practically and with written work. They learn how the food industry operates and as much as possible projects are related to an industrial situation. Students have to pay particular attention to hygiene and safety and producing high quality food products.

Year 11:

Skills developed in Year 10 help students decide which aspect of food they like best. In Year 11 students work towards a controlled assessment design and make project from a selection of design briefs set by the exam board. The coursework is worth 60% of the overall GCSE grade.

For this students design and make a new food product exactly as it would be done in industry. This involves deciding on an initial idea for a product and then developing and modifying it to eventually come up with the 'perfect' food product for their design brief.

The exam board studied at GCSE level is AQA