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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel

Key Stage 4

GCSE Home Economics: Food and Nutrition specification encourages students to develop knowledge and understanding of the science behind food. Topics include food provenance, food processing and production, macronutrients and micronutrients, government nutritional guidelines, and food safety. Students develop practical skills in food preparation, cooking and presentation.

They also gain knowledge, understanding and skills in areas such as:

  • health issues associated with dietary and lifestyle choices
  • the factors affecting how we buy food, what we buy and what we waste
  • planning meals for people with specific nutritional and dietary needs.

With this qualification, students may choose to progress to our GCE in Nutrition and Food Science or other related courses. This course also provides an excellent foundation for a career in food-related industries.


GCSE in Home Economics: Food and Nutrition is a linear qualification: students take all the assessment at the end of the course when they are in Year 12

It is composed of 2units:-

COMPONENT 1 - Food & Nutrition: Written Exam, 50% weighing.

COMPONENT 2 - Practical Food & Nutrition: Controlled Assessment & Practical Assessment (3 hours), 50% weighting.