D & T Food

KS4 Design Technology-Food Technology (4547)

Food Technology helps students develop their creativity, with the making of food products a vital feature of their experience of taking this course. The qualification requires students to develop their application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.
This course has 60% controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.


Unit 1

Written paper-(45451)

40% of total marks

2 hours

120 marks

Candidates answer all questions in two hours

Pre-release material issues

Unit 2

Design and making practice-(45452)

60% of total marks

Approximately 45 hours

90 marks

Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks.

Course Content

Designing skills

Design Technology is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas. Planning, producing products and evaluating them.

Making skills

Material and components

Understand the functional properties of food

Understand the nutritional properties of food

The effects of combining different ingredients and the interactions of foods during preparation and cooking

The importance of appropriate proportions on the structure, shape and volume of mixtures

The effect of acids and alkalis

Understand the use of standard components in food processing

Demonstrate competence in a range of practical food skills/methods/processes to produce quality outcomes

Design and market influences

Investigate the design opportunity

Identify and use stages in the development of a food prototype

Product prototype development

Labelling, packaging, product information and codes of practice

Social, economic, cultural and environmental considerations

Processes and manufacture

The use, need and effect of additives

The impact and effect of using a range of different equipment to produce food items of quality and consistency

Storage and food and food products

Manufacturing /large scale production requirements

Technological developments

 Further information regarding this course is available on the AQA website.



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