Curriculum Leader

Mr M Smith

Awarding Body

WJEC Course Specification

Entry Requirements

A minimum Level 4 in a food related subject. If not studied at GCSE level then Level 4 in a relevant subject such as sport or Health & Social Care. Pupils will also need a minimum Level 4 in Science.

Why study Food Science and Nutrition?

An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles. Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors. Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that that support healthy eating initiatives. Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates. Here at McAuley we have a fully equipped hospitality suite and two purpose built food rooms to support the practical aspect of this course.

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How will I learn?

This is an applied qualification which means that learning is related to authentic case studies. It also requires learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on themselves, other individuals, employers, society and the environment. The applied purpose will also allow learners to learn in such a way that they develop: • skills required for independent learning and development • a range of generic and transferable skills • the ability to solve problems • the fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional environment • the ability to apply learning in vocational contexts. All units within the WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition are vocationally relevant to the food production industry.

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How is Food Science and Nutrition assessed?

There are 2 external examinations and 2 internal examinations that make up this qualification. To achieve a pass in this qualification you must achieve a pass in all areas of assessment. The course is graded as Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or a Pass. All assessments have equal weighing of 25% of the qualification.

Unit 1 – Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific groups
• External 90 minute exam (can re-sit with the highest mark counting)
• 9½ hour coursework. Plan, and cook complex dishes relating to a brief

Unit 2 – Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat
• 8 hour coursework. Produce resources about food safety and ill health linked to a brief (externally assessed)

Unit 3 – Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems
• 12 hour coursework. Plan and carry out experiments to propose options to solve food production problems

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There is a wide range of related degrees available to learners who complete this qualification, including sport and fitness, hospitality management, food marketing, food psychology, food manufacturing and food product development.
Degree courses specifically linked to this course include:
• BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition
• BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Food Management with placement
• BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition Science
• BSc (Hons) Exercise, Health and Nutrition
• BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition
• BSc (Hons) Dietetics
• BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Medical Sciences

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The food and drink industry covers anything from growing and producing food, through to manufacturing, processing and the retail of food. Careers include product development, logistics, sales, marketing, finance, engineering, food photography, advertising and health & safety. The website tastycareers.org.uk has information on a wide range of careers, apprenticeships and related job roles.

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