The Course: This is a two year course that has been designed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to further education in the exciting and evolving world of food and nutrition. An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many job roles including: hospital nutritionists, sports coaches and nutritionists, food manufacturers and government agencies who use this understanding to develop policies and health initiatives. Hotels and restaurants also value this kind of education and training. The UCAS points are also applicable to many courses.
Assessment: There are 4 units of work:
2 units are compulsory: meeting the nutritional needs of specific groups- which will be assessed through internal practical assessment and external exam; ensuring food is safe to eat which assessed externally.
2 units are optional (you choose 1): experimenting to solve food production issues; current issues in food science and nutrition both of which require a written assignment of about 4,000 words.
Why take this course? Students with an interest in or enthusiasm for food, cooking, health and nutrition should consider this course. This course may also be useful to students who are considering potential careers in healthcare, sports science or nutrition or hospitality and catering industries in the future. Students will need to secure good passes in English and science at GCSE to take this course. A good pass in GCSE Food & Nutrition would be an advantage but is not essential for students to have studied previously.