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At GCSE students study Eduqas GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition.

This course equips students with an array of culinary techniques as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety.

Key areas of study are:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance

This course is suited to those who aspire to work in the wider food industry and associated careers.

 Table of Topics

Year 10Year 11
Food Spoilage

Principles of Nutrition

Diet and Good Health

Factors Affecting Food Choice

Cultures and Cuisines
NEA1 – Food Science Investigation

NEA2 – Food Preparation Assessment

Food Provenance and Food Waste

Technological Developments


Exam board: Eduqas GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (601/8093/6)
Unit 1 is a 1 hour 45 minute written exam worth 50% of the overall grade.
This covers theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition.

Unit 2 consists of two Non Examination Assessments.
Task 1: Food Investigation Students’ understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients. Practical investigations are a compulsory element of this NEA task. (15% of the final grade)
Task 2: Food Preparation Assessment Students’ knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task. Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.(35% of the final grade)

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is a great qualification if you want to follow a career as any of the following:

  • Chef (e.g. Commis Chef, Chef de Partie, Sous Chef or Head Chef)
  • Food Technologist
  • Food Designer
  • Nutritionist
  • Dietician
  • Food Photography

Find out more about this qualification.

View the GCSE course specification

Mr S Taylor | Subject Leader – Creative Industries | taylors@prentonhighschool.co.uk