Food Science

Food Science 

Introduction        The global food and drink industry is thriving. It is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK with many career opportunities. If you have considered being a Chef, Home Economist, Nutritional Analyst, Food Scientist, Nutritional Advisor, Dietician, Product Developer, Consumer Advisor, Food Stylist, Sensory Analyst or Food Buyer, GCSE Food Science is the subject for you. GCSE Food Science is an excellent preparation for A Level Food Science. 


Why study Food Science?          

Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of a wide range of food materials, nutrition, equipment, processes, current health issues and technological developments used in the Food Industry.


Food Science requires pupils to:

  • Design creatively,
  • Make products,
  • Analyse and evaluate processes and products.
  • Apply systems and control, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM)


Exam Board and Specification Edexcel - Food Science GCSE
Key areas of content Food Science requires pupils to demonstrate the application and understanding of:        
  • Nutrition
  • Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Primary and secondary foods
  • Preservation and processing
  • Product manufacture
  • Analysing products
Assessment arrangements The course is divided into two modules        

Module 1 - written examination (40% of the final qualification)

Module 2 - ‘creative design and make activities’ (Coursework/ controlled assessment - 60% of the final qualification).

Textbooks, websites and other relevant material        


Any other information There will be a requirement for pupils to provide ingredients weekly for practical sessions. Pupils will also need to provide a large container with a sealable lid to take their food home in.

To view the full subject curriculum for Key Stage 4 please click here: Key Stage 4 Curriculum 2018-19


If you have any queries please contact Head of Food Science Mr Leather