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Mrs Christine Weston

Our facilities

At Braidwood we have a purpose built, well-equipped food technology room. It is split into two areas - an area for written and preparatory tasks and an area with cookers, work surfaces, sinks and cupboards etc.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4/5

There are a range of qualifications offered to our learners based on their level at the end of KS3. All qualifications currently offered are vocational in nature and are purely coursework assessed.

BTEC Level 1 and 2 Awards in Home Cooking Skills.

This course can be covered in one year based on learners receiving 2-3 hours of food technology lessons per week.

Level 1/2 course aim: To give learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy cooking meals at home. Learners will gain understanding of how to economise when planning meals to cook at home. It encourages learners to transfer skills learnt to other recipes to continue cooking for themselves and their families and to inspire others by passing on their knowledge. The course is based on the proposition that being able to cook is an essential life skill which empowers people to make changes that have benefits to health and wellbeing.

Assessment at Key Stage 4/5

BTEC Level 1 and 2 Awards in Home Cooking Skills.

The final assessment for this course requires the learners to either make some cakes, biscuits or savoury snacks to serve to staff at break time (Level 1) OR make a two course meal for staff one lunchtime (Level 2)

NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Food and Cookery Skills

This qualification takes 2 years to complete based on 3 hours of food technology lessons per week. There are 4 mandatory units of work that must be completed. All of these units of work are assessed internally but externally moderated. Learners are graded either PASS, MERIT, DISTINCTION or DISTINCTION*

WJEC Entry 2 and Entry 3 Qualifications in Independent Living

At KS4/5 some pupils follow a pathways qualification which enables them to achieve a whole range of units in different subject areas. Within food learners complete 3 of the units over 1-2 years from the Independent Living section. These Units are:

Unit 6164: Food and Health

Unit 6167: Food preparation, cooking and serving

Unit 6172: Health, safety and hygiene

Exam Board Websites

BTEC Level 1 and 2 Awards in Home Cooking Skills.

NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Food and Cookery Skills

Other Useful Websites

Websites/Organisations used in the delivery of food technology:

Possible Future Careers

This website is a wonderful resource that guides teachers, students and parents through the vast array of career opportunities in the food and drinks industry. It not only highlights the huge range of career pathways but has insightful case studies, details on apprenticeships and even a live job vacancy section.