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Intent

Food Technology at Bromley Beacon Academy is focused on making cooking fun, accessible and interesting with the aim of engendering a lifelong love of food and empowering students with a skill for life.

At the same time out intention is to equip students with the tools they need to understand how to cook safely, healthily, economically and to make informed choices regarding ingredients, while being able to move into food-based work placements and careers in healthcare, sports, education, catering, science, food production and business.

Implementation

Key to implementing the food technology curriculum is ensuring that pupils:

  • develop critical thinking skills;
  • develop an ability to analyse;
  • carry out high-level problem solving.

We have created a knowledge-led curriculum to achieve these objectives and demonstrate impact which are built on a structured ladder of qualifications.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum - Years 9/10

All students will learn basic cooking skills and kitchen practices in Year 9, which will culminate in them undertaking a practical exam where they will plan and cook a dish to their own specification. Upon passing they will receive the BTEC Level 1 Award in Home Cooking Skills.

If food technology is chosen as an option, students will move on to the BTEC Level 2 Award in Home Cooking Skills (Year 10/11) where they will continue to develop preparation and cooking skills and undertake a complex final assessment where they deign, plan and cook a two-course meal on a theme.

BTEC Specialist qualifications are work-related qualifications that give pupils the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment.

The level 1 and 2 courses in food technology enable pupils to develop:

  • The knowledge, understanding and confidence to cook meals at home.
  • An understanding of how to economise when planning a meal.
  • An ability to transfer skills learned to different recipes.
  • An ability to inspire others by transferring that knowledge.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum - Years 11, 12 and 13

As soon as students have completed the Home Cooking Skills courses they will progress to the Pearson Level 2 Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking where they will combine knowledge and skills based tasks to enable them to progress to professional cooking environments or specialist education.

The aims of this course are to: allow learners to develop knowledge: understanding and skills essential for working in a hospitality environment such as food production and cooking or kitchen services skills and working with others and improving their own performance.

The course also develops the learners’ time management and team working skills.

This course, which will focus on the professional production of a variety of dishes as well as food service skills, will be implemented through the school’s restaurant, The Olive Tree, which will serve real customers in an evening dining setting three times a year.

Where to next:

Level 3 management courses in hospitality, catering or food management at FE college.

Level 4 courses in professional cookery at HE college or university.

Work in the catering industry (possible careers in science, business, catering, teaching, healthcare, food production or sport).

Accelerated route (5-6 steps)
9 Pearson home cooking skills Level 1 award
10 Pearson home cooking skills Level 2 award (working towards)
11 Pearson Food production and cooking Level 2 diploma (working towards)
11 Food safety and hygiene Level 2 certificate
12 Pearson Food production and cooking Level 2 diploma (working towards)
13 Work experience  N/A  

Main route (4-5 steps)
9 Pearson home cooking skills Level 1 award
10 Pearson home cooking skills Level 2 award (working towards)
11 Pearson Food production and cooking Level 2 diploma (working towards)
11 Food safety and hygiene Level 2 certificate
12 Pearson Food production and cooking Level 2 diploma (working towards)
13 Work experience or continuation of diploma Level 2 diploma  

Uesful websites for students:

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