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GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition

GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition

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Exam Board Qualification Specification
AQA Exam Board - GCSE D&T Food Technology (4545) GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition 8585

The course is single tier which is broken down into 3 units:

Paper 1 (Exam): 1 hour 45minute exam paper 50%

Task 1 (Non Exam Assessment): Food Investigation task – 15%

Task 2 (Non Exam Assessment): Food Preparation task – 35%


 The table below is a breakdown of the units studied at GCSE and the format of the assessments.


 Year 10

Year 11


Autumn     Food Exam Theory   FOOD SCIENCE INVESTIGATION
10 hours (15% of final grade)
Investigate the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients through a practical investigation

Section A: Research (6 marks)

Section B: Investigation (15 marks)

Section C: Analysis & Evaluation (9 marks)

Food Preparation and Nutrition theory taught through a range of practical sessions, theory lessons and practise food investigations. To fully prepare for assessments in Year 11.  

Progress monitored using a range of assessments, including:

  • mini-tests
  • practice exam questions
  • extended written tasks
  • practical assessments
  • mini-projects 
FOOD PREPARATION 20hours (35% of final grade)
Plan, prepare and cook three dishes to meet the needs of a specific context. Nutritional knowledge will be a requirement for all tasks

Section A: Researching the task (6marks)
Section B: Demonstrating technical skills (18 marks)
Section C: Planning the final menu (8marks)
Section D: Making the final dishes (30 marks)
Section E (Analyse and evaluate)

(50% of final grade)Theoretical knowledge of the following modules:
Food, nutrition and health
Food science
Food safety
Food choice
Food provenance


Multiple choice questions: 20 marks

Five questions, with sub questions: 80 marks

TOTAL= 100 marks
Summer    See above   Exam (50% of final grade) Final GCSE Exam – 1 hour 45 minutes
See above Mock GCSE Exam – 1 hour 45 Minutes