11-14 & 14-19
In secondary schools at KS3 (11-14 years) food is taught within
Design & Technology (D&T) in the majority of schools
in England and Wales. In some schools home economics is still
the preferred subject for teaching about food, but this is
outside of any National Curriculum provision, and so not part
of students' statutory entitlement. Food is also part of the
KS3 science curriculum and aspects of food, health and diet
may be covered as part of PSHE. At KS4 students can opt to
take a GSCE course in a D&T subject, of which food proves
to be a popular option. For students post-16 they may opt for
A Level Food Technology, GNVQ Manufacturing or GNVQ Catering.
The DfES/QCA scheme of work for 11-14 year olds in Design
and technology has 14 food projects where the pupils are encouraged
to learn how to prepare and cook a range of food items, to
handle food safely, to apply healthy eating principles and
develop their sensory awareness. Here are some examples
- Salads and soups
Health experts recommend that we eat at least five portions
of fruit and vegetables each day. Design and make a new salad
Design a new and appetising filling for a pasty.
- Sports drink
Design and make a sports drink high in vitamin C that would
appeal to teenagers.
Design and make a novelty food gift to be sold in a garden/aquarium
centre’s gift shop.
- The right combination
Develop a meal in which a sauce is combined with other ingredients.
eg pasta with a sauce, curry with rice, casseroles with dumplings.
a food product range
Identify a local or famous food product and redevelop
it as a different product to extend the product range.
- Pasta production
‘Mama pasta’ has asked you to develop a new range of pasta
dishes for the 13- to 19-year-olds.
- Dedicated to tradition
Design and make two ranges of authentic meals, using ingredients
and processes associated with different countries.
- Specialist diets
Design and Make a new meal for a person with special dietary
Design and make a simple food product to sell at a craft
- Bread batch production
Design a new bread product aimed at young people.
designing or third age design
Design and make a product that will appeal to older
For further information
National Curriculum KS3
Secondary schemes of work
Secondary case studies
Pupils with Learning Difficulties
Gifted and Talented
OCR (Qualification finder)