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Food Science & Nutrition - Level 3 Certificate

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The Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition diploma is an academic, creative and innovative course that encourages students to take a broad view of food science and nutrition. This is an Applied General qualification and is designed primarily to support learners progressing to university.  Students will have the opportunity to learn through the acquisition of knowledge about the relationship between the human body and food as well as practical cooking and preparing food. The qualification has been designed around the concept of a ‘plan, do, review’ approach to learning.  The course includes a high practical input and students will be required to develop and enhance their ICT skills.



Learners complete three units two mandatory and one optional for the full diploma or one unit for the certificate


Year 12 Unit (Certificate)

  • Unit 1: Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups. (Mandatory – Exam and coursework)

The unit focuses on the understanding of the science of food safety, nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts, and through on-going practical work, to gain practical skills to produce quality food items to meet the needs of individuals.


Year 13 Unit (Diploma)

  • Unit 2: Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat (Mandatory – Case study exam)

The unit focuses on an understanding of hazards and risks in relation to the storage, preparation and cooking of food in different environments and the control measures to minimise these risks.

  • Unit 3: Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems (Optional – coursework project)

The unit involves the study of the properties of food in order to carry out experiments to solve food production problems.


  • Unit 4: Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition (Optional – coursework project)

The unit you will develop the skills needed to plan, carry out and present a research project on current issues related to food science and nutrition.



The course is assessed through a combination of written examinations, projects and case studies to cater for different learning styles.  The grading is reported on a four point scale: Distinction*, Distinction, Merit, Pass



The Food Industry continues to expand and is one of the largest employers in the UK. A Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition Diploma can lead to Further Education in a wide variety of courses in research, food science, product development, public health, food manufacture, dietetics and marketing.


Students who study Food Science and Nutrition must have achieved 5 GCSE grades from 9 – 4.  A 9 – 4 GCSE grade in Food Preparation and Nutrition is advantageous.  To cope with the level of scientific understanding students must also have attained at least a grade 5 in Science.

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