Food Technology

Key Stage 3 Food Technology

Food TechKS3 pupils will spend one term each year studying Food Technology. At the end of KS3, pupils can choose if they would like to continue their studies at GCSE level.

In Key Stage 3 Food Technology, we aim for pupils to learn about:

  • The role and value of food in society and a healthy lifestyle
  • How food products are created, researched and developed
  • Practical making skills that are needed to prepare and cook food safely
  • Social, cultural, environmental and economical issues and the needs of the consumer
  • Planning and organisation when completing practical tasks

DT-Food-Tech-KS3-6In Year 7, we aim to provide pupils with the knowledge and understanding of hygiene and safety within Food Technology and gain the skills and knowledge required to put this into practice. Pupils are given the opportunity to make several dishes that use a range of different types of equipment correctly and accurately.

The Year 8 project focuses upon healthy eating and nutrition. Links are made with Science, exploring the functions and sources of nutrients and how these can be combined to produce a balanced meal considering different dietary requirements. Pupils use the Eat Well Plate to analyse their own diets and design new dishes. This unit is taught through a DT-Food-Tech-KS3-2series of practical tasks so that pupils can learn through practice.

In Year 9, we aim to focus on the application of knowledge learnt so far in Food Technology. This is demonstrated through exploring dishes from around the world and the importance of food in society. This provides opportunity for a more experimental and challenging approach to cooking, learning high level practical skills such as making pastry and bread.



Key Stage 4 Food Technology

DT-Food-Tech-KS4-1The course is taught over two years, following the AQA specification.

GCSE Food Technology includes:

  • Experimenting, investigating and analysing products
  • Designing creative new products
  • Practical making skills that are needed to prepare and cook food safely
  • Learning about manufacturing in industry
  • Identifying healthy diets and their effects
  • Considerations of the consumer and society
  • Learning about processes, ingredients and techniques.


DT-Food-Tech-KS4-2Food Technology has a hands on approach, whereby pupils will learn through doing. The course reflects how a food technologist in industry would work, through experimentation and investigation followed by a concluded outcome. Pupils will learn how to produce quality dishes from scratch, demonstrating accuracy and precision. There are opportunities to study new and developing technologies within the food industry which leads to a well rounded understanding of how food is changing in society.

Pupils are assessed through an end of KS4 GCSE examination (40%) and Design and Making Practice Controlled Assessment which is mainly completed in Year 11 (60%).