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Food Technology

As part of their work with food, students will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. It is the only subject where students actually get an edible end product to take home to family after a 90 minute lesson. Producing a product that is then taken home and shared with family and friends gives students a real sense of achievement and self-worth, where all ability students are able to achieve.


During Years 7-9 students will be taught to:


  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health.
  • Cook a repertoire of savoury and sweet dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet.
  • Become competent in a range of cooking techniques [for example, selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes]
  • Understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.
  • Learning health and safety in the kitchen and showing good practice in personal and kitchen hygiene.


During Years 10/11 students will be taught to:

Students will study Food Tech for 4 lessons per week throughout the whole year with the aim of achieving a City and Guilds qualification (Introduction to the Hospitality Industry – Entry 3 Award. 9 Credits required) This will involve the continuation of practical tasks with the addition of theory assignments to show “in depth knowledge” of the subject. Students will also require to be involved in supporting in a “real working environment” showing understanding of good customer service within the school food outlets.

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