Time plan and dovetailing

Use My Recipes in The Nutrition Program to write the Method for your recipes.

Like GGBO you can use a phone or ipad to work on your recipes during the practical test. When you have 3 recipes for your final GCSE Task, you need to dovetail the making steps to fit the 3 hour plan.

Recipe sheets on Nutrition Program


  • Print off your 3 recipes on 3 different coloured paper and chop them up and stick into the plan.
  • Use Word to create a table and use different text colours for each dish.
  • Colour the time plan and show stages.

Find these ideas in Food Preparation Assessment written by me – Jenny Ridgwell

Thanks to Dave Smith for once again creating me some funny drawings to liven up the text.

Thanks to Dave Smith for this!

Dovetailing recipes for the timeplan GCSE

Using Nutrition Program for AQA Eduqas OCR Food Preparation and Nutrition

Download for free the 3 resources for Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE

We’ve written 3 resources for each exam board to show how to use the Nutrition Program for

Food Investigation NEA  Task 1

Food Preparation NEA Task 2

Teaching the subject content.


Gluten and pasta NEA 1 Investigation

For this investigation I tested lots of flours including Pasta Flour called 00.

First I made some gluten balls by mixing 150g flour with water to make a dough then washing out the starch.

Flours make different sized gluten balls which are then baked.

Next to make the pasta which can be done by mixing the dough – egg is best – then either rolling by hand or using a pasta machine. Make up 3-4 pastas with different flour and taste test them to compare results. I cut the pasta into 1 cm noodles and boiled for 2 minutes. Same test for each – fair testing.
All published in Food Investigations NEA 1 3 Tasks

baked gluten balls

Flours for gluten test


NEA 1 pastas

Flours make different sized gluten balls

Reviews for NEA 1 Food Investigation

Thankyou to teachers for your reviews on Food Investigation NEA 1.

Here are some views

This book is well written & accessible to all levels of ability. It covers a wide range of topics and puts the non examination assessment into sharp focus. Well worth the money. (V.N)

Great resource for science in food. Lots of great ideas to put into practice. Going my to try more with KS 3 even thinking of a good science day. (CD)

Great resource to use as a starting point for the new NEA1 tasks. Although obviously not specific to the current live tasks, the advice given is a good starting point. I for one will be using the guidance as a starting point for all future food science investigations in both KS3 and KS4. (FB)

This book has been great to use to get things in place for the new NEA. As a non-food specialist it has been a starting place for a number of our practice science based tasks in year 10. (L)

A great little resource to use in a variety of ways;starting points for KS 4, introduction of investigation work into KS 3 schemes of work. I will make worksheets for pupils to use as homework tasks to get them thinking before tackling a practical investigations or cooking of dishes. May help with application of knowledge. A very versatile resource that is easy to dip in and out of. (J)

Some good little resources especially if you’re a non specialist or not (J)

This has been a valuable source of information and help when planning the NEA 1 for WJEC Food and Nutrition. Highly recommended for all planning and preparation. (SD)

A useful introduction to a brand new syllabus (G)

These resources have been tailored perfectly to the new GCSE courses. They reflect the various requirements of different exam boards and the example investigations are clearly formatted and broad in their scope. Brilliant! (LJ)

Very useful information inside. Helps to give an idea what the examination boards may require. Well worth the money! (TE)

A very useful resource for the new GCSE. It contains useful tips and possible mini experiments and longer experiments. The new additional pages which relate to the NEA1 2017 tasks have been a great help. (Ch)

It has been great to have this resource at the start of this new course. I have found it extremely valuable in helping with the unfamiliar territory of food science investigations. The students have found the worksheets easy to follow and very helpful in their planning. (L)

Great resource with suggestions for simple NEA1 tasks that can be easily adapted for Food Science introduction at KS3 also. Clearly written with an understanding of the resources avaable in a standard food room. Easily understood methods of result analysis. A welcome addition to my lesson planning. (E)

Thank you for the authors for writing this book. It is a fantastic addition to planning, conducting and analysing the NEA tasks. As a teacher who does not have a huge understanding in the food science elements it has a range of possible tasks and covers a range of experements for a range of abilities. A great resource, thank you! (SS)

This book is great to get you started and helps build confidence when planning Investigations for NEA 1.
It is clear and well laid out with charts and annotated photographs as examples students can understand.
The checklists, charts and questions with answers at the back are a great resource. I am looking forward to the next publication soon! (SW)

This resource has been invaluable for helping my lesson planning in the food investigation tasks. Everything is layed out clearly and the students have a better understanding of what they need to produce (T)

A really useful resource for getting started on the new NEA 1. It’s well laid out with student friendly text. Good ideas for different experiments and logical sequence. (C)

As fairly new to FPN I have found this book to be invaluable. Full of ideas which can be used at GCSE and even at KS3. Very useful and easy to use. (L)

A decent resource which lays out and sensible and accessible order for conducting food science investigations. My only criticism is that all 4 of the tasks are flour based and although new experiments have been added I have not received mine yet so cannot comment. (JD)

A really useful resource for NEA1 to get teachers started for the new exam. (A)