Soham Village College

GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition

GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition

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Exam Board Qualification Specification
AQA Exam Board - GCSE D&T Food Technology (4545) GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition 8585

The course is single tier which is broken down into 3 units:

Paper 1 (Exam): 2 hour exam paper 50%

Task 1 (Controlled Assessment): Food Investigation task – 15%

Task 2 (Controlled Assessment): Food Preparation task – 35%


 The table below is a breakdown of the units studied at GCSE and the format of the assessments.


 Year 10

Year 11


Autumn     Food Exam Theory   Food Investigation Task – 10 hrs
(15% of final grade)

Section A: Research (6 marks)

Section B: Investigation (15 marks)

Section C: Analysis & Evaluation (9 marks)
Food Preparation and Nutrition theory taught through a range of practical sessions, theory lessons and practise food investigations. To fully prepare for assessments in Year 11.  

Progress monitored using a range of assessments, including:

  • mini-tests
  • practice exam questions
  • extended written tasks
  • practical assessments
  • mini-projects 
Food Preparation Task – 20hrs (to include the 3hr practical exam)
(35% of final grade)

Section A:Researching the task (6marks)

Section B: Demonstrating technical skills (18 marks)

Section C: Planning the final menu (8marks)

Section D: Making the final dishes (30 marks)

Section E (Analyse and evaluate)
Spring    See above   See above See above
See above   Revision  
Summer    See above   Exam (50% of final grade) Final GCSE Exam – 2 hours
See above  Mock GCSE Exam – 2 hours