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Subject Ethos:

Learning how to cook fresh, healthy, tasty meals and snacks is an important and pleasurable life skill for everybody. At EAP, the ethos in the Food department is for all students to learn that preparing and cooking fresh home-cooked food from scratch is easy and fun and much more tasty and healthy than processed and fast food.

At EAP we acknowledge the therapeutic benefits of practical subjects and within the food department our focus is on nurturing self-esteem and confidence through the process of handling food, cooking, eating and providing for others. 

Key Stage 3: 

At KS3 we follow the Jamie Oliver Home-cooking skills course which is widely acclaimed for its focus on practical skills. Students learn how to cook from scratch starting off with the many ways to cook an egg, through to cooking a simple and nutritious meal. Our students learn about the importance of good nutrition and health through this practical approach. 

The focus is for students to become confident enough to cook themselves tasty and healthy simple snacks and meals at home, and to pass on their knowledge and skills to others. Our aim is to make sure that all our young people are given the opportunity to learn about food and good eating habits while they’re young so that they’re sorted for life.

Key stage 4: 

Year 10

Year 11

Exam Board: AQA

Exam Title: GCSE Food preparation and nutrition

Exam Reference: (8585)

Outline of Course:

This new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition 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.

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance

This is a two-year course which is assessed in the following way:

3 hour practical where students have to plan, prepare and cook a three-course meal – 50% of GCSE

1 ¾ written exam covering all the topics studied over the course- 50% of GCSE

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