At KS4 students can opt to follow a VCert level 2 in food and cookery: The course consists of a balance of practical lessons and theory work. In practical lessons students will develop and apply a wide range of practical skills and the use of appropriate equipment to produce a wide range of dishes. In theory lessons students will understand food hygiene and safety and then apply this to their practical work. The course includes the function of food in recipes and in the body looking at all aspects of food, diet and health along with a knowledge of the sources of ingredients including environmental factors.
As part of this course students will complete 4 units:
Unit 1 Preparing to cook 25%
Unit 2 Understanding food 25%
Unit 3 Exploring varied diets 25%
Unit 4 Planning and preparing a range of dishes through a brief 25%
Units 1, 2 and 4 are evidenced through a portfolio of notes, diagrams annotated photos and reports. Unit 3 is assessed through an external written exam paper.