Food and Nutrition

For an overview of the pathways through the curriculum, please see our information page here.

Welcome to the

Food & Nutrition Department

Our Vision

The Design department has a vision that all students will strive to be confident when being creative in lessons and develop their own independent creative journey throughout KS3 and, if they choose, KS4.

Food and nutrition is an amazing subject for enabling students to develop both life skills and have practical exposure to theory taught in other subjects – time management, independence, creativity, scientific reactions, numeracy (costings, weighing out, portioning) and social skills are just a few examples of secondary skills developed in each practical cookery lesson your child has. Students will also develop their understanding of nutrition, food hygiene and safety, the functions of ingredients and food provenance.

At key stage 4 students build upon their skills to investigate the nutritional and functional characteristics of ingredients, scientific reactions and implement a range of skills in each recipe they create. Students currently complete the NCFE VCert qualification in Food and Cookery. This gives them the opportunity to be assessed by both portfolio work (combining written and practical assessment), as well as a written exam.


Design is taught for 4 lessons over two weeks in year 7. During this time students study Art, Textiles, Food and Product Design for 1 rotation each within the ‘Design Curriculum’.

In Year 8 students study Art, Textiles, Food, Graphics and Product Design for 1 rotation each within the ‘Design Curriculum’.

At the end of year 8 students have the option to continue studying any of the 5 design subjects further for year 9,10 and 11.

Year 9 is a skills year where students continue to study the option of their choice. This year is a key skills and knowledge year to develop students understanding of nutrition, food hygiene and safety, food science and food provenance, along with the practical skills required to ensure they can be successful when they start their KS4 qualification.

Years 7 & 8 (KS3)
Years 9 – 11 (KS4)

Exam Board

In Key Stage 4 students follow the NCFE VCERT Food and Cookery qualification.

Level 2 Food and Cookery – (601/4533/X)


This KS4 course requires students to be assessed throughout the 2 years. This means that work that students complete in lessons throughout year 10 and 11 counts towards their final grade. They will be expected to complete both written and practical assessments and at the end of the course students are required to sit a written exam.

Portfolio assessment:

Students are required to produce 3 written portfolio’s of evidence to show their understanding of food ingredients, nutrition and hygiene and safety which supports their practical assessments. This is worth 75% of the overall qualification.

Written Examination:

Students will sit one paper in year 11. The examination will be 2 hours and is worth 25% of the overall qualification. Learners will be expected to answer questions based on the theory taught throughout the 2 years.

Quality Teaching and Learning Entitlement

All students have the right to express and explore their creativity and are entitled to:

  • A positive, safe, learning environment that encourages the development of Design skills and the sharing of work within a culture of mutual respect and shared responsibility
  • Be actively engaged in their own learning whilst being challenged and motivated to take responsibility for their own development and take risks
  • Experience well planned lessons which challenge them, provide clear assessment and regular Design opportunities whilst reflecting upon their own learning and development
  • A personalised and independent creative journey in which they are able to learn from their mistakes and challenge ideas
  • To experience a range of materials, techniques and Design practises to create ‘real’ outcomes

Design enables pupils to:

  • Explore and develop confidence and self-esteem;
  • Investigate ideas and record from reality;
  • Develop higher thinking skills;
  • Critique evaluate and adapt;
  • Learn from the work of others to be able to explore and develop own ideas;
  • Communicate through many different forms;
  • Encourage creativity through tangible outcomes;
  • Link into the world and community;
  • Take responsibility for their own work, be able to take risks and be able to fail in a safe environment;
  • Be involved in a creative process;
  • Have a spectrum of experiences across all Design fields;
  • To be able to develop literacy and numeracy within Design lessons in a practical environment.