Food Technology – Key Stage 4

Content

AQA Food Technology

  • Nutritional requirements
  • Diet through the lifecycle
  • Function of ingredients
  • Additives
  • Packaging & Labelling (traffic light labelling, environmental considerations)
  • Standard components
  • Sensory testing methods
  • Food choice (Fairtrade, vegetarian diets, religion and ethical links to food choice)
  • Sustainability
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Food Storage
  • Food spoilage
  • Food handling/safety and hygiene
  • Production methods (CAD/CAM, Quality control)
  • Equipment
  • Design and market influences
  • Product Development
  • Product analysis
  • Evaluating and developing design ideas

Assessments

Assessment covers grades A*–G to cater for students of all abilities.  Students are assessed through internal classroom assessments every 4-6 weeks (approx.), to establish their progress and highlight any areas of concern that they would need to address in their learning.

The students complete a mock examination in year 10 before starting their coursework.

The course is assessed by Unit1- Written Paper 40% of total marks and by Unit 2 – Designing and Making Practice 60% of total marks and consists of a single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years.

The design folder should consist of approximately:

  • 20 pages of A3 paper (minimum)
    Students will spend approximately 45 hours on this activity. As part of the evidence submitted, students will include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

Useful equipment / resources

Students will be expected to purchase most of their cooking ingredients as practical lessons require. This will be at least once a week (approx.) during Year 10. You will need to supply general equipment to store and transport items between home and school.

The Book we use regularly in the GCSE: Food Technology course is:  AQA Design and Technology, Food Technology.  Nelson Thomas.  ISBN – 9781408502723

Website Information
https://sites.google.com/site/foodrevision/ Revision, past papers & controlled assessment advice
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/foodtech/ BBC Bitesize food technology area – tests, activities, videos
www.nutrition.org.uk Information & resources
www.food.gov.uk Food standards agency.  Food recall info.
www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Goodfood/Pages/Goodfoodhome.aspx Food & Diet
www.nhs.uk/conditions/Food-poisoning/Pages/Introduction.aspx Food poisoning information
www.sustainweb.org Articles and publications linked to food production and changes in sourcing food
www.vegsoc.org Vegetarian Society
www.coeliac.org.uk/ Coeliac disease (special diets)
www.bbcgoodfood.com/content/recipes/special-diets/ Recipes for special diets
www.fairtrade.org.uk Information and resources about fair-trade and sustainability
www.soilassociation.org/ Organic food information
www.abelandcole.co.uk/ organic food delivery company
www.foodforum.org.uk/ffiles/Be_good_to_yourself-Mat+Nut+Inn+Pro+Man+Con+Sys-KS4+Post.shtml Food Forum & Useful website
www.sainsburys.co.uk Recipe ideas and lots of food information
www.uktv.co.uk/food Recipes
www.bbc.co.uk/food