Food Technology

Food Technology Department

HoD: Mrs P McMullan

Subjects Offered

Food & Nutrition GCSE
Food & Nutrition Science A Level (CCEA Modular)

The Food Technology Departments aims to encourage pupils to think positively about their food and drink choices by providing them with opportunities to discover the most up to date nutritional and dietary health advice at KS3, GCSE and A Level stages.

The skills that are taught and the fun element within food practical classes also helps them to develop confidence in decision making and group work.

It is also the aim of the FT Department to teach  pupils how to become wise consumers.

Curriculum

In Year 8 pupils are taught meal-planning using the Eatwell Guide, the importance of breakfast, fruit, vegetables and fish, cooker and equipment use and safety and kitchen hygiene. It is the beginning for their practical food skills development and during the year they will make a range of dishes in groups and individually such as crispy bake, buns, scones and fruit crisp. The Year 8 pupils also have opportunities to apply ICT skills they are learning to situations within FT, and produce tables of results, graphs and use email.

In Year 9 another wide range of food practical work will take place and the topics taught this year concentrate on developing nutritional knowledge, the importance of food hygiene, safety, storage and labelling regulations.

In Year 10 a major project is undertaken within groups, covering research and presentation skills and looking at topics such as Fairtrade, foods around the world and creative baking skills. In addition, pupils cover topics such as consumerism, vegetarianism, the prevention of osteoporosis and risk assessment when working with food.

The GCSE studied is CCEA Food and Nutrition consisting of one piece of Controlled Assessment, carried out in class in Year 12 and worth 50% of the marks, and one exam paper, also worth 50%.

The specification is an interesting mix of topics all related to food including, nutritional importance throughout life, meal planning, using resources wisely, methods of payment and places/ways of buying food, food origins and processing, and food labelling (especially allergen identification).

Within the 5 periods of teaching per week the opportunity to develop a wide range of high level food practical skills is also put to good use.

CCEA Nutrition and Food Science AS/A Level gives our Sixth Form pupils the experience of learning in-depth nutritional facts that are then applied to lifecycle stages and health disorders such as prevention of diabetes, obesity, CVD and cancers. An in-depth look at the value of and recommendations for physical activity is also studied.

Year 14 pupils undertake an extensive piece of coursework, worth 50% of the A Level mark, and during this year topics taught include the work of all stakeholders involved in food safety throughout the food chain ‘from farm to fork’. Many RSD pupils go on to study a variety of food-related courses at university.

From Sept 2018 AS and A Level Health & Social Care will also be taught within the FT Department. This is an exciting and valuable course which will prepare pupils for careers in the caring professions such as nursing, midwifery, child care, special needs education and social work to name a few.

The course offers pupils the opportunity to see for themselves how policies and procedures work together in care settings so as to ensure users receive the best standard of care possible. The course is equally weighted between coursework and examination allowing pupils to work hard all year and achieve their full potential.

Food Technology News Articles

Top candidate in A Level CCEA examination

Congratulations to Rachel Johnston who has been awarded 2nd place in Northern Ireland, in the 2018 A Level examination in Nutrition and Food Science.

Top GCSE and A Level examination achievers

Congratulations to our top achieving pupils at GCSE and A Level, for the following results in their examinations from summer 2017.

Past pupil Gillian Davidson wins ‘Best Dietetics Student’ award

Gillian Davidson, a past pupil of RSD, achieved a first class Honours Degree in Dietetics at The University of Ulster.

Year 10 Tayto Trip with FT

On Thursday 6th April, Year 10 went to Tayto Castle as part of their learning for the Food Safety topic in Food Technology.

FT Yr 9 Chest Heart and Stroke Association competition

Well done to Emma Wyatt (Year 9) who produced a winning entry for the Coronary Heart Poster competition, organised by the FT Department.

Cupcake Challenge – Year 10

Congratulations to our Year 10 pupils who took part in the Cupcake Challenge final, during the P5 & P6 Open Evening last month.

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