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Equipping future generations to make nutritionally informed choices

We are pleased to announce that our reformed GCSE (9-1) in Food Preparation and Nutrition has been accredited by Ofqual for first teaching from September 2016.

Developed in consultation with the British Nutrition Foundation, our accredited specification equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

View the specification and sample assessment materials.

Engaging Content
This specification has been designed to enable centres to provide innovative delivery, whilst creating a balance between practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding.

The qualification consists of two components, the first consists of six topics including; 'Food commodities', 'Principles of nutrition', 'Diet and good health', 'The science of food', 'Where food comes from' alongside 'Cooking and food preparation'. These do not need to be studied in a sequential order, allowing teachers flexibility in their delivery.

The second component involves a 'Food Investigation' and a 'Food Preparation Assessment'. To meet the needs and interest of budding chefs, our preparation assignment offers students a choice of practical briefs to enable them to showcase their culinary skills.

GCSE (9-1) Food Preparation and Nutrition will replace the following qualifications following Department of Education recommendations:

  • GCSE Catering (Single) – final award 2017            
  • GCSE Design and Technology (Food) – final award 2017
  • GCSE Home Economics: Food and Nutrition – final award 2017
  • GCSE Hospitality and Catering (Double) – final award 2017
  • GCSE Hospitality (Single) – final award 2018

Jayne Hill, Principal Examiner, GCSE Catering: "GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is a suitable replacement for the existing WJEC food qualifications. The new specification harnesses the most popular aspects of the existing GCSEs in Design and Technology (Food), Home Economics: Food and Nutrition and Hospitality and Catering, giving teachers and students a satisfying, dynamic and practical specification."

Support and training
Schools and colleges in England choosing to teach our Ofqual accredited GCSE (9-1) specification from September 2016 will  benefit from unlimited direct access to our Specialist Subject Officers, free digital resources and a series of face-to-face teacher training courses.

Our Preparing to Teach GCSE (9-1) Food Preparation and Nutrition training courses will introduce our new specifications, SAMs and additional resources. These CPDs will be free of charge, and hosted at locations across England. Visit our training page for details and to book your place.

Further information
Our dedicated subject team is here to support you in the delivery of the new qualification, for further information please contact:

Allison Candy
Subject Officer

029 2026 5093