Level 3 diploma in Food Science and Nutrition combines practical food skills with nutrition, function of ingredients and food safety.
The new course looks at nutrition, needs for specific groups of people, chemical composition alongside practical skills such as meat handling, sauces, bread making, desserts, pastries, fish and stocks and soups. Success on the course depends on a willingness to develop both practical and scientific skills within the subject of Food. Students have gone on to study nutrition and dietetics at University level, gain apprenticeships at leading confectionery brands and into different jobs within the food industry.
Students will study unit 1 which is meeting nutritional needs of specific groups, which includes basic nutrition as well as more in depth studied into the chemical structure, function, sources and deficiencies. This unit of nutrition will also look at the nutritional needs of different age groups and people who suffer from dietary related illnesses. Students will then apply this nutritional knowledge to inform their controlled assessment which requires students to make a three course meal in a three hour time limit based on a brief issued by the exam board. Food science and nutrition supports subjects such as pe, biology and health and social care.
Students will study two units which are ensuring food is safe to eat and experimenting to solve food production issues. Ensuring food is safe to eat unit will cover topics such as microorganisms, systems in place in different work areas in order produce safe food. Experimenting to solve food production issues unit will give students the opportunity to experiment with different ingredients in recipes to understand the function and purpose in different food products.
Unit 1 is compulsory and worth 50% of the qualification. There is an exam which is 90 minutes long and marked externally. There is a mixture of short and long response questions. In the second section there is a lot linked to meeting the need of a given target group. There is also a timed assessment (9.5 hours), which includes a practical exam based on a scenario given by the exam board, e.g. a 3 course meal. This part is marked in school and moderated.
Unit 2 – ensuring food is safe to eat – 8 hour timed assessment issued on 1st may by the exam board based on a food safety scenario.
Unit 3 – experimenting to solve food production issues – an internal assessment producing a report based on a food production problem which offers solutions based from experiments and investigations carried out by students.
Results/ how is a diploma graded?
- Distinction* – 140 ucas points
- Distinction – 120 ucas points
- Merit – 80 ucas points
- Pass- 40 ucas points
Future opportunities and careers
The food industry is constantly expanding providing a wide range of opportunities. A qualification in food science and nutrition could lead to being a food scientist, nutritionist, dietitian, product developer, sports nutritionist, environmental health officer.