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GCSE Home Economics: Food and Nutrition

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE Home Economics: Food and Nutrition specification encourages students to develop knowledge and understanding of the science behind food. Topics include food provenance, food processing and production, macronutrients and micronutrients, government nutritional guidelines, and food safety. Students develop practical skills in food preparation, cooking and presentation.

They also gain knowledge, understanding and skills in areas such as:

  • health issues associated with dietary and lifestyle choices
  • the factors affecting how we buy food, what we buy and what we waste
  • planning meals for people with specific nutritional and dietary needs.

With this qualification, students may choose to progress to our GCE in Nutrition and Food Science or other related courses. This course also provides an excellent foundation for a career in food-related industries.

There is one written exam and one controlled assessment task; each is worth 50% of the overall mark.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in Home Economics: Food and Nutrition is a linear qualification: students take all the assessment at the end of the course.

The specification has two components:

  • Component 1: Food and Nutrition
  • Component 2: Practical Food and Nutrition.

Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 June 2017

Specification (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 October 2017
Specification (Irish-Medium)

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 June 2017

Specification Assessment Material (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 13 October 2017

Past Papers

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Controlled Assessment


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Support


Fact File: Energy and Nutritional Values
(PDF), Last Updated: 27 November 2017

Fact File: Food Allergy and Food Intolerance
(PDF), Last Updated: 27 November 2017

Fact File: Food Labelling Schemes
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 October 2017

Fact File: Food Processing and Production
(PDF), Last Updated: 27 November 2017

Fact File: Food Provenance
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 October 2017

Fact File: Food Quality Assurance Schemes
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 October 2017

Fact File: Food Safety
(PDF), Last Updated: 27 November 2017

Fact File: Food Waste
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 October 2017

Fact File: Knowlege and Understanding of Ingredients in Planning and Developing Menus (Activities)
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 October 2017

Fact File: Northern Ireland Trading Standards
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 October 2017

Fact File: Shopping for Food
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 October 2017

Fact File: Water
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 October 2017

Food and Nutrition Food Preparation Skills
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 January 2018

Planning Framework
(DOCX), Last Updated: 28 June 2017

Snapshot
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 June 2017

Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 June 2017


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