What kind of student would enjoy this course?
This course is ideal for students who are creative and enjoy problem solving. An interest in food and cooking is important although you do not need to be Mary Berry or Michel Roux Jnr. GCSE Food Technology is not essential either, although the course builds on previous knowledge.
What will I study?
The A-Level has four units: two written projects – one for AS and one for A-Level. The remaining units are assessed by a written examination.
The course covers the following topics:
Nutrients; Energy balance; Dietary planning; Current health factors and concerns; Health promotion; Dietary needs of individuals; Influences of Culture; Food choice; Current issues; Mass media; Product development; Food safety and hygiene; Food science; Commercial manufacture; Food labelling
What skills will I gain?
You will develop practical skills, using tools and equipment to create products; you will solve problems relating to food design, develop the ability to think independently, carry out and analyse research, present work and make plans to enhance your time management.
What could I do at the end of my course?
Being a chef is not an option as this is not a catering qualification, though it can lead directly to further study in Design Technology. You could choose from a wide range of higher education courses including Consumer Service Management, Product Design, Resource Management and Nutrition. This could lead to careers including teaching, manufacturing, retail and management.