GCSE Home Economics: Food and Nutrition (2017)

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The CCEA GCSE Home Economics: Food and Nutrition specification encourages students to develop knowledge and understanding of the science behind food. We also offer a GCSE in Home Economics: Child Development and an Entry Level Home Economics qualification.

This GCSE Home Economics: Food and Nutrition specification includes topics such as food provenance, food processing and production, macronutrients and micronutrients, government nutritional guidelines, and food safety. Students develop practical skills in food preparation, cooking and presentation.

Students will learn about the nutritional content of foods and how to meet the specific nutritional and dietary needs of different groups of people. To do this, they modify recipes and plan, prepare and cook meals and dishes that reflect current government nutritional guidelines. They also study how to be an effective consumer in food choices, food safety and managing resources.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Science and Technology and Learning for Life and Work Areas of Learning.

This specification is a linear qualification: students take all the assessment at the end of the course.

The specification has two units:

  • Unit 1: Food and Nutrition
  • Unit 2: Practical Food and Nutrition.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2017
First assessment: from Summer 2019
First award: from Summer 2019
QAN: 603/0739/0
Subject code: 3310
Guided learning hours: 120
Qualification level: 1/2

Skills developed through our GCSE Home Economics: Food and Nutrition

This specification supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 4 and gives students further opportunities to achieve their potential and develop skills for life.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their communication, self-management and problem-solving skills. They will gather the viewpoints of others for analysis in the assessment task, discuss a range of strategies to avoid food waste, and learn how to plan, modify and make meals for different groups of people with specific nutritional and dietary needs.

With this qualification, students may choose to progress to our GCE in Nutrition and Food Science or other related courses. This course also provides an excellent foundation for a career in food-related industries.

For more information on this specification contact:

Dorothee Wagner
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2218
Nola Fitzsimons
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2235

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