Food and Nutrition

Our Food & Nutrition students learn vital life skills that enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously. This starts in Year 7 and builds in Year 8 through a series of practical lessons and linked classroom lessons that explore the concepts around cooking a variety of foods following the guidance from the Eat Well guide. The GCSE Food Nutrition and Preparation course builds on this prior work. Students prepare and cook a wide diversity of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques. The level of complexity increases along with the frequency of cooking through to Year 11.

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Throughout all year groups, students are encouraged to develop cooking skills and resilience in a safe environment, this allows students to demonstrate commitment and act on feedback. Students will learn how to follow a recipe and will also be able to substitute ingredients and cooking methods as appropriate, demonstrating an understanding of food choices e.g. veganism, allergies and healthy eating.

Our students develop an understanding that will allow them to become discriminating consumers of food products, enabling them to participate in society in an active and informed manner.

Students are encouraged to understand the environmental factors which affect the inequalities in food distribution on a global scale and give them an understanding of the need to minimise ‘food waste’ - starting with their own practise.


Cultural awareness is developed by allowing our students to explore a number of multicultural perspectives concerning food. Students will enhance their understanding, appreciation and acceptance of people from a variety of cultural backgrounds through the preparation of food from different countries and religious beliefs, with Kosher and Halal and other dishes prepared. We encourage our students to develop an awareness and acceptance of diversity within our community at JHGS and the local area. 

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Food & Nutrition students are equipped with 21st century skills to empower impact and change. They have the opportunity to think about manufacturing developments and technological advancements, environmental and economic factors, the role of sustainability and ethics, demographic change and sociocultural influences around the world.


GCSE Options Video 2021

External Exams

GCSE: AQA 8585

A’Level: Not available

For a full Curriculum Map for all years please click here.  Please note these are dynamic documents and therefore for guidance only.