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Nutrition and Food Science


Nutrition and Food Science is a diverse subject which provides students with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding in the fields of nutrition, health and food safety. It also allows students to develop their research and report writing skills.

Key Features

The course offers up-to-date study areas which are highly relevant to consumers and the food industry.  

Students are provided with an opportunity to develop their research skills in order to produce an investigative report.        

The nutrition and health elements at AS provide a thorough knowledge base for those interested in a career within nutrition and health sectors.        


A Level Subject Content


AS Unit 1 Principles of Nutrition:

An in-depth study of nutrition including macro and micro-nutrients and other dietary constituents.

The application of nutritional knowledge to assess food demands across the lifespan and recommended levels of nutrient consumption.


AS Unit 2 Diet, Lifestyle and Health:

A range of health conditions are studied including obesity, diabetes and cancer as well as investigating the areas of alcohol consumption and physical activity.

Students will also investigate the factors which have impacted our current day eating patterns and levels of energy intake and expenditure.


A2 Unit 1 Food Safety and Quality:

Pupils will investigate how food safety measures are put into practice throughout the food chain to reduce food poisoning cases and limit the risk of chemical contamination.

Pupils will study the work of key organisations which aim to improve levels of food safety e.g. the World Health Organisation and the Food Standards Authority.


A2 Unit 2 Research Project:

Students choose a topic area relevant to the Nutrition and Food Science course and will conduct primary and secondary research. This information will then be used to construct a written report which will develop their research and writing skills.

Method of Assessment

AS Unit 1: One examination paper (1hr 30min) 50% of AS or 20% of A-level

AS Unit 2: One examination paper (1hr 30min) 50% of AS or 20% of A-level


A2 Unit 1: One examination paper ( 2hrs 30min) 30% of A-level

A2 Unit 2: A 4,000 word research paper 30% of A-level

Recommended Subject/s and Grades at GCSE

Home Economics A*-B

Double Award Science A*-C


Students must have GCSE Home Economics in order to progress onto the A Level course.

Career Possibilities

Dietician, Nutritionist, Nursing, Environmental Health, Food Technologist, Food Product Developer, Home Economics Teacher, Home Economist, Consumer Protection and Health Promotion to name a few.

Other Information

This course is constantly evolving to meet the needs of consumers in a complex environment. The employment outlook in this area is very positive with a vast range of possibilities available in a global setting as the food and consumer industries are major employers worldwide.

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