Food Preparation and Nutrition

“Give a man a fish, and he will be hungry again tomorrow; teach him to catch a fish, and he will be richer all his life.”

Food is a vital part of our daily lives and is essential for life. As our students become adults and lead busy lives, it is easy to choose food which has been ready prepared. However, it is more nutritious and often cheaper to cook simple, delicious food.

At Bower Park, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of nutrition, healthy eating, food preparation, hygiene, cooking techniques, food science, food provenance and sensory characteristics. 

Our aim is to:

Give our students vital life skills that enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life. Students will enhance their understanding and appreciation of a wide variety of ingredients and cultural cuisines through the preparation of food. (Drive)

Encourage the development of high technical skills and resilience in a safe environment, allowing students to demonstrate commitment and act on feedback. (Resilience)

Empower students to enable them to follow a recipe and substitute ingredients and cooking methods as appropriate, demonstrating an understanding of food science and food choices e.g. veganism, allergies and healthy eating. (Endeavour)

Develop understanding that will allow students to become discriminating consumers of food products, enabling them to participate in society in an active and informed manner. (Leadership)

Engage with students to encourage them to understand the social, moral, ethical and environmental factors which affect the inequalities in food distribution on a global scale and give them an understanding of the need to minimise ‘food waste’ and eat seasonably starting with their own practice. (Autonomy)

Allow students to work in partnership with their peers in practical lessons, share opinions and ideas, give and receive peer feedback to strengthen students’ independence and confidence. (Expression)


Y7 – Food preparation and cooking skills, healthy eating and food safety

Y8 – Food preparation and cooking skills, food science and food & environment 

Yr9 – Food preparation and cooking skills, nutritional needs & health and food science


GCSE AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition  

This is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop advanced technical skills with a professional chef.

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

Food, nutrition and health

Food science

Food safety

Food choice

Food provenance.

How it’s assessed:

Paper 1: Food preparation and nutrition

What’s assessed

Theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition from Sections 1 to 5.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment (NEA)

What’s assessed

Task 1: Food investigation (30 marks, 15% of GCSE)

Students’ understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.

Practical investigations are a compulsory element of this NEA task.

Task 2: Food preparation assessment (70 marks, 35% of GCSE)

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 no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.

Our hope is that through the Food curriculum, students are provided with a context through which to explore the richness, pleasure and variety that food adds to life instilling a love of cooking in all pupils.

Mrs N. Nicholls

Head of Food Preparation and Nutrition

If you wish to contact me, my email address is

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