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Churchill Academy & Sixth Form

Food Science and Nutrition

If you enjoy cooking and want to develop your practical skills as well as learning about healthy eating and the science behind the food we eat, then this is the course for you! Not only do we develop practical cooking skills which are a fundamental life skill, we prepare you for the world of Food Science and Nutrition careers that are available today. From Sports Nutritionalist, to Dietician, to Chefs or even Food Engineers. The Food and Drink Industry is one of the largest sectors across the globe – everyone has to eat every single day – thus there will always be jobs available!

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Subject specific entry requirement: Standard Sixth Form entry plus Grade 5 in GCSE Food & Nutrition or Grade 5 in Science
Qualification: Level 3 Diploma
Topics and areas covered:

Year 12:

  • Developing a range of practical skills
  • Meeting the nutritional needs of specific groups e,g, vegetarians, diabetics, coeliacs
  • Ensuring Food is safe to eat poisoning. Students complete their Level 2 Food Hygiene qualification.
  • Nutrients in food and diet adaptations

Year 13:

  • Experimenting to solve Food production problems e.g. mass production
  • Food Science terminology and processes.
  • Current issues in Food Science and Nutrition e.g. the new sugar tax, obesity in the UK
Future career path: Not only will your subject specific skills be valuable but this course also offers skills thats can be utilised for many different aspects of the food world, with jobs in marketing, teaching, safety, quality management, nutrition, and sales. 
Some examples of possible job roles include: 
• Food Technologists
• Nutritionists
• Butchers
• Chefs
• Marketing Managers
• Food Buyers
• Dieticians
• Environmental Health Officers
• Food Stylists
• Sports coaches and Fitness Instructors.
• Food Manufacturers and Government Agencies also use this knowledge to develop menus, food products and policies that support healthy eating initiatives 
Examination information:

Year 12: 1 written exam (summer of Year 12), 1 NEA

Year 13: 1 NEA, 1 Externally marked NEA style exam

Additional information:

Trips to our established Food Industry connections:

  • Somerset Charcuterie; 
  • Butchery courses; 
  • Thatchers; 
  • Chocolate making workshops; 
  • Local chilli farm, 
  • University of Cardiff – specialise in Food manufacture and buying.
  • Restaurant visits
  • Food Works
  • Guest chefs - including Fish Heroes

There are also a wide variety of leadership opportunities available from opportunities to support and mentor younger years, feeding the homeless, leading student impact groups and much more!