Food Diploma

  • Level 3 Diploma
  • WJEC
  • Entry requirements: GCSE Grade 6 in Food Preparation and Nutrition,  a Merit in NCFE VCERT Food and Cookery or similar would be advantageous but not essential. Desirable qualifications: GCSE Chemistry Grade 6 or above, GCSE English Grade 6 or above, GCSE Maths Grade 6 or above
  • Goes well with: Biology, Chemistry, Textiles

This course provides an in-depth study of food science and nutrition and its application within professional fields. Students will be required to provide ingredients for demanding practical tasks on a regular basis. The course requires enthusiasm, hard work and the ability to work independently.


Unit 1 Mandatory  (completed in 1st Year)
Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups (Internal & External Assessment)

  • The external assessment is a 90 minute exam (plus 15 mins reading time)

  • The internal assessment is a piece of controlled assessment linked to nutritional planning.

  • Students learn about nutrients, relationship between nutrition and health and develop skills of nutritional planning for groups. 

Unit 2- Mandatory  (Completed in 2nd year) 
Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat (External)

  • This is set on 1st March by the exam board and is completed in 8 hours supervised time 

  • Students will develop an understanding of hazard, risk assessment, and inputting controls to minimize these risks

Unit 3- Optional  (Completed in 2nd year)      
Experimenting to solve Food Production Problems

  • This is an internally assessed controlled assessment project

  • This looks at the chemical and functional properties of ingredients and understand the changes these undergo when cooked. 

Unit 4- Optional  (Completed in 2nd year)
Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition

  • This is an internally assessed controlled assessment project

  • Students will learn to plan, carry out and present a research project on current issues linked to food science and nutrition from the view of a consumer, manufacturer or policy making perspective.

WJEC Diploma in Food will be an excellent choice for your next steps; University degree, Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Food Technology teacher, Dietician, Product Development, Food buyer in retail, food magazine work, food tester / taster.

"I have enjoyed cooking with a wide range of ingredients, learning new techniques in a small class setting which allows us to progress more quickly. "