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Food Science and Nutrition - WJEC Level 3

Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition qualification allows students to gain a wealth of knowledge about the food and nutrition industry.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about the relationship between the human body and food as well as advanced practical skills for cooking and preparing food.

The qualification has been designed around the concept of a ‘plan, do, review’ approach to learning.  There is a strong emphasis on practical work, making this an ideal choice for students who prefer to learn by doing.  The qualification mirrors many work activities in the food and nutrition industry and facilitates learning in a range of contexts.

Course Content and Examinations

Exam Board: WJEC

Unit 1: Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups (Compulsory)

Internally assessed project: The purpose of the internal assessment is for learners to develop an understanding of the nutritional needs of specific target groups and plan and cook complex dishes to meet their nutritional needs. 

External examination: 90 minute examination; plus 15 minutes reading time 

Three sections on each paper:  

  • Section A is short answer questions 
  • Section B is extended answer questions 
  • Section C relates to a case study

Unit 2: Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat

External written exam (Compulsory)

It is an eight hour timed, supervised assessment which will involve the learner in bringing together and making connections between the knowledge, understanding and skills learned throughout the unit and applying these by responding to information provided in a scenario. The scenario will relate to a food safety situation. It will require learners to analyse the information and make judgements regarding the potential food safety risk 

Choice of either:

Unit 3: Experimenting to Solve Food or

Unit 4: Current Issues in Food Science & Nutrition

This is an internally assessed project.

Head of subject: Mrs K Randhawa

Entry Requirements

Level 2 Merit or grade 5 in GCSE Food Science & Nutrition

Are you interested in: Nutrition, Food Science, practical skills, Medicine?

Leading to a career in: Product Development, Nutritionist, Care Industry, Environmental health, Teaching, Social Work, Medicine, Nutritional Science, Food Retail and Manufacture

This subject goes well with: P.E., Geography, Chemistry, Biology, BTEC Science

Student Views

“The practical elements of the course are really enjoyable.”