Food preparation and nutrition equips pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook a variety of different meals, whilst making informed choices about their diet, nutrition and health.

Pupils develop vital life skills that will help them to become more self-sufficient, learning how to prepare and cook food safely, using appropriate techniques (frying, boiling, baking etc.) Pupils also learn about how to store food responsibly and the health hazards associated with failing to do so.

Pupils are taught to recognise the physiological and psychological effects of a poor diet and develop an understanding of the functional properties and chemical processes associated with different types of food, along with its nutritional content.

Pupils will have the opportunity to follow a variety of different recipes, ranging from traditional British food to international cuisine, to inspire new ideas and broaden their culinary repertoire.

Pupils then have the option to study for a GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition at Key Stage 4.

Curriculum Overview


Year 7 Year 8
  • Nutrition – looking at balanced diets and the nutrients needed.
  • Practical rotation – allowing students to develop a range of cooking skills
  • Food safety and provenance – theory content looking at how to work safely and hygienically.
  • Pupils will continue with practical lessons, developing new skills.
Curriculum Overview
Year 10 Year 11
  • Foundation knowledge and skills
  • Nutrition
  • Macro nutrients
  • Practical skills building
  • Nutrition – micronutrients 
  • Energy and health
  • Heat transfer and cooking – functional and chemical properties
  • Continuation of functional and chemical properties
  • Food safety
  • Factors affecting food choice
  • Social, ethical and moral issues
  • Food investigation
  • Food preparation assessment and 3-hour practical exam
  • Exam revision

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA Food preparation (8585)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.

Useful Resources and Revision Support