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.
The Home Economics specification offers opportunities for educational visits and other practical activities.
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
Dietetics, Environmental Health Officer, Food Technology, Physiotherapy, Nutritionist, Trading Standards Officer, Hospitality Management, Nursing, Teaching, Public Health Nutritionist, Consumerism, Radiography, Pharmacy