Exam Board & Code: WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (QAN 601/4552/3)   Course: 2 Years  

What is the Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition about?

UNIT 1 -The aim of this unit is to give students an understanding of nutrients, their functions in the body and how nutritional requirements vary in different situations. They will be able to use this understanding to critically assess diets of specific target groups and plan changes needed to ensure a nutritional balance is maintained. They need to acquire skills to enable the planning and cooking of nutritionally balanced / complex dishes, whilst demonstrating an understanding of the importance of food safety. Unit 1 is compulsory and worth 50% of the qualification.  There is an exam, which is 90 minutes long and marked externally. There is a mixture of short and long response questions. There is also a timed assessment (9.5 hours), which includes a practical exam based on a scenario given by the exam board such as preparing a 3 course meal. This part in marked in school and moderated - 3 hours planning, 3.5 hours making and 3 hours evaluation. 

UNIT 2 - The aim of this unit is to give students an understanding of hazards and risks in relation to storage, preparation and cooking of food in different environments and the control measures needed to minimise these risks. They will be able to use this understanding to be able to produce guidance material to facilitate the training of new food handlers, recommend control measures that need to be in place in given environments, to ensure that food is safe to eat. It is assessed by a written assignment, which has 8 hours for completion. The theme is set by the exam board.

UNIT 3 -The aim of this unit is for students to understand the properties of food, plan and carry out experiments or practical work to demonstrate the properties of food, use results of experiments or practical work to propose options to solve food production problems. This is a 12 hour assessment /food science experiment.

UNIT 4 - The unit requires students to develop skills to plan, carry out and present a research project on a current issue related to consumer food choice. This is a 14 hour assessment on current issues in food science and nutrition - a written report is produced.  

Is this course for me?

This course is for you if you enjoy developing practical food skills and learning through a wide variety of teaching styles. This course is suitable for students who achieve the minimum academic standards set out in our sixth form entry requirements.  If, however, your grade is lower, or you have not studied Food at GCSE, you will need to have a real enthusiasm for the subject along with plenty of practical experience. You will also be required to discuss your choice with the specialist teacher for the subject.

What else do I need to know?

This is a two year course and is equivalent to one ‘A’ level.  Universities will accept the qualification for a wide range of degree courses and it accrues UCAS points.
This course requires you to provide a variety of ingredients for your lessons on a regular basis which does incur costs. Good ICT skills are also advantageous to support the presentation of ideas for Controlled Assessments and to help with the researching and modelling of products. 

What do other students say?

"I have really enjoyed my Food lessons, I have been able to plan my work with considerable independence."

"Food is a very rewarding subject and it has allowed me to learn in a variety of ways and I have worked around my personal interests."

Where could it lead?

An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles. Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors. Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that support healthy eating initiatives. Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates. 
This is an Applied General qualification. This means it is designed primarily to support students progressing to university. By studying for this certificate alongside other relevant qualifications at ‘A’ Level such as Biology, Physical Education, Sociology, learners will gain the required knowledge to use the qualification to support entry to higher education courses such as: 
• BSc Human Nutrition 
• BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition 
• BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology 

How is this course structured? 

Unit Title Structure Assessment
1 Meeting nutrition needs of specific groups Mandatory Internal and external
2 Ensuring Food is safe to eat Mandatory External
3 Experimenting to solve food production problems Optional Internal
4 Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition Optional Internal