Food Technology

Food Technology Department

HoD: Mrs J Stewart

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.

Food Technology


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

CAFRE : Future in Food

On Friday 17th November, 25 pupils in Years 12-14 participated in “CAFREs Futures in Food” Careers programme, RSD was paired with local food company Linden ABP. We started our morning in the food processing factory, hearing about opportunities in Linden Foods and heard about studying at CAFRE and Higher Level Apprenticeships from past pupil, Lewis Connelly. We toured the factory and were treated to yummy burgers for lunch. We then went to CAFRE Loughry College to continue our adventure. Pupils were issued a New Product Development task to design a Summer BBQ Burger, adding flavours not normally put together, pupils got stuck in, came up with some interesting flavour combinations and had a fabulous day creating while having lots of laughs. Thank you to @DiscoverCAFRE and @LindenABP for this wonderful opportunity and for opening up our minds to the vast career paths available through Food Industry. We had a great day!

Celebrating Success | Future Chef Competition

Naomi Anderson in Year 12 won the local heat of the Future Chef competition today, held in South West College, Dungannon! We are so proud of the effort our pupils put in. Naomi will now been mentored by an industrial professional or chef before the NI final in February. Hannah Davidson was also highly commended for her dish and culinary skill. Well done girls!

LMC Food Demo

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The Springboard Tourism Roadshow

Our Year 10 students attended the ‘Embrace hospitality, travel and tourism Roadshow’ organised by Springboard UK

Amazing GCSE Food Practicals

Well done to all of our Year 12 Food Technology students who completed their GCSE practicals this week. Their aim was to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into the diet. Look at all the amazing dishes they created!

Year 8s rule the Kitchen

Our Year 8 students have already been hard at work in the FT kitchens this term....

Platinum Jubilee Celebration & Competition Winners

On Friday, students from Years 8-11 entered their creations in our special Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Baking Competition. The students’ scones, traybakes and cakes were enjoyed as part of our special celebration, alongside a barbecue, live music and lovely weather.

Smashing Sandwiches in 8R

Year 8 have been studying the Eatwell Guide recently in F.T. and have been planning some healthy, balanced meals. 8R were tasked with creating a “smashing sandwich” using all they have learned about nutritious meal planning.

Easter Cake Making

Over the past couple of weeks, our ‘Food Technology’ and ‘Food and Nutrition’ classes, in Years 9-11 have been busy baking and decorating their Easter cakes. All of their hard work and creativity definitely paid off, they look amazing!

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.

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