GCSE Food Technology

GCSE FOOD PREPARATION AND NUTRITION (8585)                                                                                                              OPTION SUBJECT


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



Written exam covering all aspects in the design specification.

1¾ hours

Part A: Questions based on stimulus material.


Part B: Structured, short and extended response questions to assess content related to food preparation and nutrition.


50% in the summer of Year 11.

There are two (2) non-examination assessment tasks. 50% of the final grade.

  1. Food Investigation: (15% of final mark) A written report of between 1,500 - 2,000 words which explains the findings of practical investigations. The written work will be supported by photographic evidence.
  2.  Food Preparation: (35% of final mark) A concise portfolio not exceeding 15 pages demonstrating with photographic evidence of planning, preparing, cooking and presenting a menu of three (3) dishes with a single period of no more than 3 hours. Analysis and evaluation of the nutritional, cost and sensory properties of the three dishes. 


  • Senior Food Club - weekly to gain further experience and an opportunity to extend skills
  • Excursions and school trips to provide stimulus and research opportunities
  • House competitions such as "Bake Off"


Food Technology can lead to exciting and well-paid opportunities in the food industry. Possible careers include: dietician, food consultant, hotel management, food marketing and advertising to name but a few. 

Food Technology is valuable outside the food industry; the organisational skills and knowledge gained will be of great use in all areas of further education.

Food Technologists are in great demand and there are three well-paid job opportunities for every student leaving university with a Food Technology degree!