Why food technology?
We all need to eat, so it helps to know something about food – what makes a healthy diet, the best ways to cook food, how to eat well if you’re on a budget, how to stay safe when cooking. When we study food technology, we are learning knowledge and developing a range of skills that will be of the utmost importance throughout the rest of our lives.
This is also great subject to study because we are working hard to inspire and nurture the chefs of the future. The hospitality industry is one of the most thriving and important sectors of the modern UK economy, worth over £100 billion in 2018. The UK tourist industry, of which catering is a key component, is one of the largest in the world, employing many thousands of people.
Food technology in key stage 3
In KS3, students develop the basic skills required in food technology as part of a carousel rotation. They focus on developing health and safety and food safety practices to ensure food is made in a high standard. Students learn to use different practical techniques, for example kneading to make a pizza base.
In year 8, students have the opportunity to further develop their skills within food, they focus on producing different multicultural dishes.
Food technology/hospitality and catering in key stage 4
Students who choose to continue with food technology in key stage 4 study for a vocational qualification in hospitality and catering. This qualification is all about helping students develop a range of technical skills and abilities within the kitchen environment.
Examination Board: WJEC
Specification Name: Hospitality and Catering Level 1/2 Award
Link: Hospitality and Catering
At times students work independently. On other occasions they work as part of a team to present events and serve customers. It involves theory and practice, with students applying their learning to both sweet and savoury dishes. They also develop their knowledge and understanding by studying a variety of businesses in the hospitality industry.
Students have the opportunity to take part in different catering events, as well as visiting different hospitality establishments.
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