Food Science and Nutrition
All pupils entering the school in Year 9 undertake a term and a half studying Food Science and Nutrition. Within the department we have four members of teaching staff who have designed the course to equip pupils with the nutritional knowledge necessary to make informed food choices wherever they are, by explaining the role of nutrients in the body and the effect they have on wellbeing and performance.
- Cambridge IGCSE Food and Nutrition
- WJEC Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition
- Leiths Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine
The Cambridge IGCSE Food and Nutrition syllabus introduces both the theoretical and practical aspects of buying and preparing food. Dealing with diet and health in everyday life, pupils study the nutritional value of basic foods and develop the skills required to produce a balanced family meal. Consumer awareness is encouraged, as are high standards of personal and kitchen hygiene, especially when pupils put their knowledge into practice in order to produce creative and enjoyable dishes.
In Sixth Form, the Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition qualification allow pupils to gain a wealth of knowledge about the food and nutrition industry. Pupils will have the opportunity to learn about the relationship between the human body and food as well as practical skills for cooking and preparing food. An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles. Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors. Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates.
Sixth Form pupils can also participate in the Leiths Introductory Certificate, an internationally recognised course that will enable them to cook and create a range of dishes confidently and efficiently. The course runs over five terms and is constantly monitored by Leiths' own chefs from the Leiths School of Food and Wine in London. The course equips pupils with a valuable life skill and ensures that they are able to apply for a variety of jobs requiring cooking skills, e.g. Gap year positions in ski chalets, yachts, shooting lodges, restaurants etc. This course provides an excellent foundation for all food related careers. Pupils complete the CIEH Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene as part of their course.