All pupils entering the school in Year 9 undertake a term and a half studying Food and Nutrition. Within the department we have four members of teaching staff who have designed the course to equip pupils with the nutritional knowledge necessary to make informed food choices wherever they are, by explaining the role of nutrients in the body and the effect they have on wellbeing and performance.
- WJEC Level 2 Hospitality and Catering
- WJEC Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition
- Leiths Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine
The WJEC Level 2 Award in Hospitality and Catering has been designed to support pupils who want to learn about this sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study. This structure has been designed to develop pupils with the knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers. There is the opportunity to learn about diet, nutrition, menu planning and pupils will also have the opportunity to develop knowledge of food safety, food preparation and cooking skills within practical lessons.
In Sixth Form, the Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition qualification allow pupils to gain a wealth of knowledge about the food and nutrition industry. Pupils will have the opportunity to learn about the relationship between the human body and food as well as practical skills for cooking and preparing food. 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. Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates.
Sixth Form pupils can also participate in the Leiths Introductory Certificate, an internationally recognised course that will enable them to cook and create a range of dishes confidently and efficiently. The course runs over five terms and is constantly monitored by Leiths' own chefs from the Leiths School of Food and Wine in London. The course equips pupils with a valuable life skill and ensures that they are able to apply for a variety of jobs requiring cooking skills, e.g. Gap year positions in ski chalets, yachts, shooting lodges, restaurants etc. This course provides an excellent foundation for all food related careers. Pupils complete the CIEH Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene as part of their course.