Key Stage 3

All students study cooking and nutrition at Key Stage 3.  Learning for students in KS3 focuses on developing basic preparation and cooking skills as well as ensuring a good understanding of ingredients, health and nutrition, hygiene and safety. We aim to encourage a love of cooking and promote it as a crucial life skill that prepares all our students for the future by enabling them to feed themselves and others healthily and affordably. They cook a wide variety of dishes, mainly savoury which can be modified by individual students to meet the needs and likes of them and their families.

As part of students’ work with food, they will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.

Students are assessed regularly on how well they apply their learning capabilities in their food studies and are encouraged to regularly assess their own progress with their teacher on how they are developing their knowledge, understanding and skills. Learning in Food Studies also focuses on developing students’ literacy and numeracy skills making them purposeful in ‘real’ situations.

KS3 food studies is planned, with the support of British Nutrition Foundation resources which helps to provide an excellent foundation for success in GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, delivered at KS4.

Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering

Hospitality and Catering

At Key Stage 4, students study Hospitality and Catering which has a strong emphasis on gaining the required skills and knowledge of the course through practical work so it is particularly great for those who want to learn ‘by doing’ and who have enjoyed cooking at Key Stage 3. 

Why study Hospitality and Catering?
In this qualification, you will develop food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication through team work, making this a fantastic course for any student who enjoys cooking. You will have the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition, health, meal planning and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations. You will gain the knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful.

What you will study

  • food preparation and cooking
  • meal planning
  • nutrition and Health
  • food safety practices
  • how hospitality and catering establishments operate.

How you will be assessed
There are two units:

  • Unit 1: The hospitality and Catering industry: 90 minute on-line exam in Y11 – 40% of award
  • Unit 2: Hospitality and Catering in action: 9-12 hours assignment under controlled examination conditions to include a 3 hour practical exam – 60% of award
    You will apply your learning to safely prepare, cook and present nutritional dishes, presenting evidence in a portfolio.

Where can the subject lead?
With further education and training, you could go into a variety of careers related to the hospitality and food industry such as a dietician or nutritionist, a chef, baker or caterer, a food service manager, food journalist, food stylist, food photographer or environmental health practitioner. You may consider teaching or food sales and promotion or you could also go straight into employment and do further training or an apprenticeship with the support of your employer.

“I am glad I chose Hospitality and Catering because I am learning life skills for my future. If you enjoy cooking and practical learning, you will enjoy this course. I enjoy working in a team and learning about how businesses operate too. You need to know that it isn’t all cooking though, there is plenty of theory to keep you busy too!” – Yasmin