Food Preparation and Nutrition

Exam Board: WJEC

This qualification aims to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

It will encourage you to cook and also develop life skills that will enable you to feed yourself and others affordably, now and in later life.

This GCSE will help you develop strong practical cookery skills and techniques as well as a good understanding of nutrition and healthy eating. You will also discover the science behind cooking and the huge challenges that we face globally to supply the world with nutritious and safe food.

If you enjoy cooking, have a natural curiosity about food, what it contains and want to learn skills for life, then this is a course you should consider. You will be expected to bring ingredients for practical lessons most weeks.

Careers in nutrition, dietetics, the food industry and hospitality all stem from an interest and qualification in Food Preparation and Nutrition. This GCSE can also lead onto catering qualifications or food-related A-Levels.


50% examination, 15% food investigation task, 35% food preparation task.