Food Technology & Child Development


Miss K Roberts – Subject Leader of Food Technology
Ms J Trohear – Subject Teacher of Food Technology
Mrs M Stock – Subject Teacher of Food Technology
Mrs V Shenkelberg – Food Technology Technician
Mrs J Berville – Food Technology Technician
Miss C Elston – Teacher of Child Development

Food Technology Curriculum

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, & 9)

Pupils in years 7, 8, & 9 have one double lesson, which is 100 minutes long, each fortnight. Group sizes are no more than 22 pupils. Pupils are given the opportunity to cook a variety of different dishes which have been chosen specifically to build on their repertoire of practical skills.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Food Technology (Years 10 & 11)

The department offers a popular Food Technology GCSE course from the OCR examination board. Within the qualification, candidates will be expected to produce a portfolio of coursework which demonstrates their flair, skill and creativity within practical cookery. In addition to their coursework portfolio they will also sit a written examination at the end of year 11.

Coursework – worth 60% of total GCSE grade
Written Exam – worth 40% of total GCSE grade

BTEC Home Cooking Skills (Year 10 & 11)

In addition to the GCSE course the department also offers a Level 2 BTEC qualification in Home Cooking skills endorsed by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. This qualification develops the student’s ability to plan and prepare a series of nutritious home-cooked meals for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner, and helps them understand how to cook economically.

GCE Design & Technology: Food Technology

(Years 12 & 13)

Pupils follow the Edexcel course for both AS and A2 level. The A level Food Technology curriculum is delivered by two members of staff during 10 lessons of 50 minutes per fortnight.

Candidates are expected to build on both knowledge and practical skills gained at GCSE level. At both AS and A2 candidates will produce a coursework portfolio to demonstrate practical skills, knowledge and flair. In addition to this, there is also a written examination at the end of each year.

Child Development

Key Stage 4

Child Develpment is taught from the AQA specification. Five lessons per fortnight are allocated to the subject, one being a double.

Candidates will produce two pieces of coursework, which will form 60% of the overall assessment for the qualification. They will also sit a written examination at the end of year 11.

Let’s get cooking

The Food Technology department run a cooking club that is a very popular choice with the girls.

In the past the club have run a variety of themed workshops, including: Asian dishes, basic cookery, GCSE practical skills workshops and university survival courses. At present we are focusing on healthy breakfast foods. We meet on a Thursday morning at 7.45am to cook and then eat a healthy, filling breakfast as a group!


There are two well equipped and functional rooms within the food technology department; one of which has recently been refitted. In addition to the cookery rooms the department also has its own suite of computers. All teaching spaces within the department have access to interactive whiteboards.

Useful websites

OCR GCSE Food Technology – Full Course

AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Sortcourse

AQA GCSE Home Economics: Child Development

Edexcel A Level Food Technology

Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills