The study of Food, Nutrition and Health will enable you to develop an understanding of issues relating to society and health, resource management, nutrition and food production. 60% of the course in the first year deals with sociological issues and there is much discussion about human reaction and society at large.
The department is housed in the Hodgson Building which was completed, re-designed and refurbished recently. The building provides spacious accommodation for all Design and Technology activities and includes a large computer suite, a Food Technology kitchen with an IT room, a Nutrition teaching room with a kitchen and a large Graphics studio with a workshop area.
At A Level, you will follow the OCR course, Food, Nutrition and Health. The first AS unit, society and health, comprises topics such as demography, family and society including Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, role of the family and standard of living, key issues for society such as poverty, leisure, employment, housing and environmental issues. In addition you will study social issues such as provision of welfare in primary and secondary healthcare and social services and health problems and education. The second AS unit includes learning about resources such as management and financial planning, food provision, selection and purchase of food and household goods including consumer rights, purchasing and retailing, food preparation and cooking equipment, food safety and hygiene.
In the second year you will independently choose to carry out an investigative piece of coursework for assessment. This represents half of the A-Level grade. An example of one investigation title is, ‘Many teenage girls suffer from anaemia, what can be done to address this problem’? The fourth unit, nutrition and food production, includes the study of nutrients and energy, properties of food, performance characteristics of ingredients dietary needs and the development and production of food, labelling and additives.
You will also have the opportunity to achieve a recognised food safety qualification, which will enable you to work in the food industry during your holidays.
The department has encouraged students to enter external competitions such as the Rotary Young Chef competition, the regional finals won by Queen’s College for the past two years. Previous students studying Food and Nutrition have gone on to prestigious universities to study nutrition and dietetics, radiotherapy, nursing, primary teaching, event management, medicine, midwifery, sports science and business management.