- To develop innovation, creativity and the skills in food design and technology
- To design and cook food products of a high quality
- To develop a detailed knowledge of food technology and links to industrial practices
- To develop an understanding of nutrition
- To understand the complex links between manufacturing and marketing
- To develop independent thinking, a positive attitude and the ability to work collaboratively
What will I study?
The AS and A2 courses are divided into three sections of work.
- Materials and Components - protein, fat and carbohydrates and their function in food. Micronutrients, nutritional requirements and food additives. Selecting appropriate ingredients for use in cookery.
- Design and Market Influences - dietary planning, choices and cultural influences, design methods and processes. Communicating design ideas.
- Processes and Manufacture - food safety and hygiene, food labelling.
How will I be assessed?
AS - Unit 1 Written Paper on Materials, Components and Application
Unit 2 Designing and Making coursework
A2 - Unit 3 Written paper on Design & Manufacturing
Unit 4 Design and Making practice: coursework
It is not essential to have studied Food Technology at GCSE, but some knowledge of Technology and the 'Design and Make' process is desirable. You will need ICT skills.
How will I study?
You will work both individually and in groups to develop your knowledge of food and practical skills. The many practical opportunities will link to food product development. The academic nature of the course cannot be underestimated and you will need a willingness to carry out your own research.
Where will it lead?
The course gives an excellent foundation for courses in Food Science, Food Technology, Management, Marketing and Retailing, Hospitality and Catering, Dietetics, Nutritional Analysis, Teaching, Consumer Studies and Science. The range of employment in the food industry is very wide and challenging.
"Currently I am studying Food Technology, French and German and I am hoping to do a joint honours degree in Modern Languages. I hope to follow a career in translation or interpretation as I feel communication is a vital aspect in today's global business world. I also think it is amazing to be able to speak more than one language. I have enjoyed the freedom that Sixth Form gives such as exeats and having free periods to do personal study. I also love being able to wear my own clothes. You are treated like a grown up and I have contributed to school by being a prefect, helping with Junior Cookery Club, being a member of the Jazz Band and volunteering at Junior Concert Band. There are loads of opportunities at Bolton School Sixth Form."