GCSE Food Technology


Examination Subject Design & Technology: Food Technology
Examination Qualification GCSE
Examination Board AQA
Tier of Entry Single, A* - G

Course Content:

Throughout the course you will be taught to consider how a wide range of products are designed together with an understanding of the processes involved in their manufacture.  You will produce ‘Design and Make’ assignments which will relate to real life situations – including existing products,

Design and Making Skills

Design and Technology is a practical subject area, which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.  The distinction between Designing and Making is a convenient one to make, but in practice the two often merge.  For example, research can involve not only investigating printed matter and people’s opinions, but also investigating proportions, additives, colour, structures and ingredients through practical work.

Materials and Components

Candidates should build upon the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study (Strategy) to develop a working knowledge of a wide range of materials, ingredients and standard components appropriate to modelling, prototyping and manufacturing. Candidates should be given the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the functions, working characteristics and the processing techniques when designing and making food products. 

Assessment of Course

Unit 1:  Written Paper    40% of total marks – Candidates answer all questions in two sections.

Candidates will be tested on their knowledge and understanding of designing and making.  A Preparation Sheet will be issued to Centres at the beginning of March.  This sheet will give advance notice of the design context for some of the questions on the paper. The paper will test all Assessment Objectives through a range of questions.  All questions are compulsory.

Unit 2:  Controlled Assessment  Project:  60% of total marks, approximately 45 hours.

Controlled Assessment will follow controlled assessment criteria and is externally moderated. Controlled Assessment consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks.

Controlled Assessment details:

You will be expected to present a single integrated Controlled Assessment project which will be assessed. Most work will need to be completed in college under the supervision of the teacher. It will demonstrate your designing and making skills together with your knowledge and understanding to design and make a product.  This must show that you are aware of environmental, social and economic implications and industrial practices as well as the use of information technology.  The practical outcome together with written evidence is to be presented as a folder of at least 20 sheets on A3 paper. All candidates should provide photographic evidence of the finished outcome and it is strongly recommended that photographic evidence at various stages of making is submitted.

Controlled Assessment and Module Test Schedule:

Final Controlled Assessment project will begin shortly after Easter in Year 10 with completion halfway through Year 11.  Written Paper will be in summer term of Year 11.

Progression from this examination:

A/AS Levels are available at Christ the King and other colleges.

Careers Information:

GCSE DT:Food Technology can lead to exciting and well paid career opportunities such as catering, food marketing, product development, diet related industries and more. Food Technologists are much sought after and it is estimated that there are three jobs for every graduate leaving university. The course will also help to develop many more important skills. These include:

    •    Life skills
    •    Teamwork
    •    Organisational skills
    •    Independence

Further Information:               See Mr Sivell

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