AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition – DRAFT SPECIFICATION

AQA – Food Preparation and Nutrition
Draft specification released on 23rd July 2015
50/50 exam / NEA (Non Examination Assessment)

Exam 50%
• will be 1hr 45 mins.
• Section A (20 marks) 20 multiple choice
• Section B (80 marks) 5 questions

Non Examination Assessment 50%
2 assessments
Food Science Investigation 15%
Topic released 1st September of assessment year and will change each year.
10 hours representative teaching time.
Focus around working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients
1500-2000 words (no page limit, just word limit)
Must include charts, graphs, diagrams and photos.
An example topic: “investigate what type of flour is best for bread making”
Submission roughly same as current CA (May)

Food Preparation Assessment – 35%
3 Topics released 1st November of assessment year – choose one topic. Topic will change each year
20 hours representative including 3 hours assessment (must be done as a block)

AQA Food Preparation

Maximum 15 A4 pages
3 hour assessment involves preparing, cooking and presenting 3 dishes to meet brief.
Investigate task, skills, planning of final menu, making of final menu, analyse and evaluate food made and food from others, time plan and HACCP (must trial and test recipes)
Example topics: street food / tapas
Submission roughly same as current CA (May)

Can schedule practical assessments whenever you like.
There is no minimum number of practicals.
Two books are being published. One by Hodder and one by Illuminate publishers. Schools will not need to buy both books! At least one will have online resources and a teacher pack.
Official specification released in September 2016 for examination Summer 2018

Topics to study:

  • Food Provenance
  • Working characteristics of food
  • British and international culinary traditions
  • Food security
  • Food safety
  • Knowledge and understanding and technical skills
  • Theory and practice applied to understanding

Aspects to study:
• Food Preparation skills
• Food Nutrition and health
• Food Safety
• Food Science
• Food Provenance
• Food Choice

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