GCSE – Nutrition & Food Science



This course provides students with the opportunity to learn about the nutritional content of foods and how to meet the specific nutritional and dietary needs of different groups of people. They also study how to be an effective consumer in relation to food choice, food safety and managing resources.

This specification encourages students to adopt a critical and an analytical approach to decision-making and problem-solving in relation to Home Economics. It also encourages them to develop as effective and independent learners.

Course Content

GCSE Home Economics: Food & Nutrition is broken into two units

Unit 1-Food & Nutrition (50%)

Unit 2- Controlled Assessment: Practical Food & Nutrition (50%)

Method of Assessment

The scheme of assessment is a combination of ONE written external examination paper which accounts for 50% and ONE internally assessed component which accounts for 50%.

Career Opportunities – Employment for Home Economists exists in an ever increasing variety of areas involving all aspects of life.  For example:

Area of Employment Career Opportunities
Consumer Affairs Trading Standards Officer

Consumer Law

Consumer Education- General Consumer Council

Communication Food Photography & Journalism

Advertising & Public Relations

Human Resource Management

Health Services


Health Promotion

Environmental Health Officer



Sports Nutritionist


Education Teaching


Food Industry Food Product Development


Quality Management

Quality Control