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Food, Science & Nutrition

Course Title:  Level 3 Food science and nutrition


Exam Board: WJEC



What is it all about?

  • This is an exciting and interesting opportunity to continue your studies in food and nutrition. In addition to further improving your skills in designing and making, this qualification will extend your understanding of the science of food, nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts. You will use your creative thinking skills to create dishes demonstrating flair and sophistication relating to specific briefs. Not only will you develop experience of a key life skill, you will further apply your nutritional knowledge, learnt at GCSE, to different situations and dietary requirements.
  • The food industry is constantly developing and this subject enables you to expand your understanding of this in relation to nutrition, diets and the impact of external factors such as exercise, age and the industry.
  • Food safety is paramount when taking part in practical activities and as part of this you will take a level 2 hygiene and safety award this will support your learning.
  • Throughout this course you will develop a deeper understanding into the functions of food and the impact it has on the body as well as the current issues in the food and nutrition industry today.


Want to know more?

How will I be assessed?

The course is made up of four units:

1.     Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups (mandatory)

2.     Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat (mandatory)

3.     Experimenting to Solve Food Production (optional)

4.     Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition (optional)


All learners must take Units One and Two and then select either Unit Three or Unit Four. The Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition is assessed through a combination of a written exam and external assignment set and marked by WJEC and two centre marked assignments


What are the entrance requirements?

This course is suitable for students who have achieved grade ‘4’ or above in GCSE Food Technology. The love of cooking, together with an interest in learning about nutrition are essential requirements.

What skills do I need?

Successful students demonstrate an in depth understanding of food and nutrition from taking the GCSE. Be able to prepare and cook high level practical skills covered at GCSE level.

Future prospects?

  • There are a wide variety of related courses at university as well as many apprenticeships, internships and graduate schemes available.
  • Food Science and Nutrition Level 3 is a recognised qualification for University entry.
  • Further career paths could include: food scientist, nutritionist, dietician, sports coach, personal trainer, food research analyst, product developer, health care practitioner, food stylist, environmental health officer, food manufacturer, caterer/chef.

What do our students say?

  • I really enjoy the practical element of the course, I am able to challenge myself to produce food I never thought I would be able to make. 
  • I am really interested in sport and coaching and this subject has really helped me to understand how food and nutrition impact health. 
  • The knowledge gained from the GCSE course has really helped me with the nutritional side of the course, and I have enjoyed analysing diets and applying my understanding to different scenarios.


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Meet Casie, who has some advice for those thinking about taking the Food, Science and Nutrition course

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About Coast and Vale Learning Trust

The Coast and Vale Learning Trust in Scarborough aims to improve education in the locality through establishing coherent and collaborative practice across schools and other educational institutions in the area.

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