Nutrition and Food Science

pupils making scones


Home Economics has a direct relevance to the present-day lives and future of every young individual. The way that we eat, purchase, celebrate and produce food presents many challenges to us individually and globally, including ethical, health and environmental concerns. We promote the skills required for everyday living and self-sufficiency.

Our two fully-equipped and modern kitchens place emphasis on nutrition and pupils will gain the competence needed to make informed choices in matters of hygiene, safety, health, diet and consumer issues.

Nutrition and food is essential to everyone. We all need to eat. Northern Ireland’s economy benefits greatly from the food our agri-food industry produces.

The choices we make about food affect our health and well-being, so knowledge of nutrition and food science is important. We also need to know how advertising and food labeling can influence the choices we make about what we consume.

To make the correct choices, we need to know about the principles of nutrition and how dietary requirements change throughout our lives.

Nutrition and Food Science is a very relevant subject to study as we have become increasingly concerned about:

  • food security;
  • ethical farming;
  • sustainability;
  • climate change;
  • food poverty;
  • allergies;
  • obesity;
  • traceability;
  • public health;
  • food waste; and
  • contamination.

OCR’s GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to feed themselves and others better. Students develop practical cookery skills and techniques as they explore the underlying principles of food science, nutrition, food traditions and food safety. Heston Blumenthal’s support will inspire your students to be inquisitive, creative and confident cooks.


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