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Food Preparation & Nutrition

Faculty Overview

Food Preparation and Nutrition is a practical, hands-on department where we aim to build pupilís confidence, creativity, interest and practical skills through mastering a range of practical skills to encourage students to be confident within the kitchen and develop an awareness of the importance of good nutrition for a healthy lifestyle.

Food Preparation and Nutrition is delivered by dedicated staff in specialist facilities. The department operates from the Lune building in a well-equipped, recently refurbished Food Technology kitchen. Food Preparation and Nutrition at Tarleton Academy has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with confidence, creativity and flair.

Food Preparation and Nutrition Faculty Staff

Mrs A Waller

Teacher of Food Preparation and Nutrition

In Years 7 and 8 Food Preparation and Nutrition is taught as a carousel of subjects where students rotate between Food, Art, Drama, Music and ICT. Students are set in mixed ability classes. The students experience two blocks of approximately fourteen lessons.

In Year 9 students can opt to study Food Preparation and Nutrition for the entire year in preparation for GCSE.

At Key Stage Four we follow the AQA specifications for Food Preparation and Nutrition.

Year 10 students study the theory required for the specification and develop the practical skills required by cooking most weeks. 

The course is externally examined in Year 11. The students complete a qualification comprising of theory and non-examination assessments which include a food science task and a 3hour practical examination.

Year 11 Food Preparation and Nutrition are examined as follows

50% written examination of which 15% is multiple choice questions

50% non-examination assessment of which:-

15% is a 10hour food science task involving research, investigations, analysis and evaluations. 

35% is a 3hour practical assessment where students are required to make 3 high level skilled products. They also are required to spend 20 hours producing a written report as well as the practical task 


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