A Level – Nutrition & Food Science



Nutrition and Food Science focuses on the health and well-being of people in their everyday lives. The course will help enable students to address increasingly complex challenges related to human needs, the management of resources to meet those needs and making informed decisions about nutrition and consumer issues.


Recommended GCSE Subjects and Grades 

Home Economics GCSE A*-B

English Language GCSE A*-B It is not essential, although preferable, to have studied Home Economics at GCSE


Other Contributory Subjects 

Biology, Chemistry, Business Studies, Health and Social Care.


Other Information 

The Home Economics specification offers opportunities for educational visits and other practical activities.


Subject Content

AS Unit AS 1: Principles of Nutrition

Study micro and macronutrients and other dietary constituents, i.e. NSP and water. The unit will also look at nutritional considerations through the life span.

Unit AS 2: Diet, Lifestyle and Health

Explore the trends in food consumption that have led to increased prevalence of diet-related disorders The unit will also discuss the barriers that prevent consumers from making healthy food choices and the health implications of making poor diet and lifestyle choices.


Unit A2 1: Option A Food Security and Sustainability

Examine consumer behaviour when making food purchasing decisions and consider the issues and implications of consumer food choice. OrOption B Food Safety and Quality Explore securing a safe food supply from the primary producer to the consumer.

Unit A2 2: Research Project

Choose a research area from any of the other three units (AS 1, AS 2 or A2 1 ) and produce a report of no more than 4,000 words


Method of Assessment 

AS 1: External written examination (1 hour 30 minutes) 50% of AS or 20% of  A’ Level

AS 2: External written examination (1 hour 30 minutes) 50% of AS or 20% of  A’ Level

A2 1: External written examination (2 hours 30 minutes) 30% of A’ Level

A2 2: Internal Assessment 30% of A’ Level


Career Possibilities

Dietetics, Environmental Health Officer, Food Technology, Physiotherapy, Nutritionist, Trading Standards Officer, Hospitality Management, Nursing, Teaching, Public Health Nutritionist, Consumerism, Radiography, Pharmacy