Food Technology


In Years 7 to 8 students have two lessons of Design and Technology each week and are taught in colour groups. The first lesson will use food and textiles as the design materials, the second lesson will allow students to gain experience in the use of resistant materials – wood, metal, plastic and graphics.

The students’ work will be assessed using the following criteria: Researching, Generating ideas, Developing Criteria, Communicating, Planning and organisation, Outcome and Evaluation.

Students will learn skills such as:

  • Chinese weaving
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Correct use of workshop tools and machinery
  • Electronics
  • Modelling techniques
  • Pinning and tacking
  • Safe use of equipment
  • Shaping and cutting materials
  • Sketching and drawing
  • Tools and machinery
  • Use of drawing instruments
  • Use of ICT to improve presentation
  • Vegetable preparation
  • Weighing and measuring

We are introducing a new method of setting homework for pupils in KS3 called ‘Takeaway Homework’. This is where pupils will be given a list of all the possible homework for each topic. Pupils will then need to complete a set number of homework from this list. Parents/carers will be able to see what homework is being set and discuss and decide which homework they should attempt for each topic. The homework will consist of different levels to suit the needs of all pupils. We want to encourage all pupils to attempt at least one higher level piece of homework per topic.


Subject Name Syllabus Examination Board
Food Technology GCSE 4091 WJEC

In this course students continue to develop their skills in designing and making, using food as the design material.  They will examine the development of food products in the commercial context as well as enjoying the practical and useful activity of cooking.

The course provides opportunities for students to apply aesthetic, moral, social, economic and industrial awareness in their design work. Students are encouraged to use a range of communication skills (verbal, graphical, ICT and modelling skills) to help their thinking and their ability to take action in the process of the design.

Topics covered will include:

  • Food packaging
  • Food testing and comparisons
  • Hygiene and safety related to food production
  • Labelling and advertising
  • The properties of good materials – physical, sensory and nutritional

This GCSE course is 60% Controlled Assessment based (Unit 2) and 40% examination.  Students will be asked to undertake one Controlled Assessment Task that has been divided into two sections.  This GCSE will involve a lot of writing, researching, analysis and problem solving.

Why this subject is important?

Students will choose this subject if they want to develop their knowledge in the Food Technology field. An important element of this course is practical production (cooking) so students must be prepared to take part in this activity.

What skills will I use?

  • Analysing
  • Cooking
  • Design
  • Development
  • Evaluation
  • Research
  • Writing

What are the coursework requirements and when must it be completed?

It is a requirement of the specification that candidates complete a 30 hour design, make and evaluate task.  Teachers will monitor that the time limit is adhered to and that the contributions of candidates are recorded accurately and that plagiarism does not take place. The task cannot be done at home and must be done under the supervision of the class teacher. There is a lot of writing and theory work involved with this task.  Students are required to bring in ingredients for practical sessions.

Strict deadlines are given throughout the year with the final coursework due in the April of the student’s last year.

How will be final grade be awarded?

The final GCSE is 60% Controlled Assessment Task and 40% written exam.  The Controlled Assessment Task is divided into two sections: Section A is concerned with designing the product and Section B is concerned with planning, making and evaluating the product.

Any extra-curricular activities?

Extra study club is given for Year 11 on Wednesday after school for 1 hour.

Progression – careers and further study

Studying Food Technology can lead to a career and/or further study in catering, hotel management and food technology.

If you need further advice, who do you speak to?

Any Food Technology teacher.