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Food Science and Nutrition (WJEC Level 3 Diploma)

Home economicsThe Nature of the Course

Unit 1 Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups

Unit 2 Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat

Unit 3 Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems

Unit 4 Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition

Pupils will study three out of the four units. Unit 1 and 2 are compulsory. Pupils will also study either Unit 3 or 4. The Diploma will be graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

Skills Demanded and Developed 

Although prior knowledge is not necessary, an interest in food, nutrition and the wider issues surrounding health and food production are essential. You will have the opportunity to develop and extend practical manipulative skills. Students are expected to read around the subject and carry out their own research project. The ability to work independently as well as in groups is also required.

Careers and Higher Education Implications

Food Science and Nutrition combines very well with many subjects, progress to many universities may depend on combining this diploma with three A Levels or with two facilitating A Levels (Maths, English, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, Languages). Particularly strong combinations are listed below for guidance but should not be seen as exhaustive.

Destinations of past students suggest that most of those applying for Food Science or Nutrition degree courses will move successfully into employment directly related to the skills acquired during university.

The Nature of the Course

For those with a particular talent and enthusiasm for Mathematics it is possible to take AS or A Level Further Mathematics in addition to A Level Mathematics.

For Further Mathematics A Level, the Pure Mathematics topics studied will include:

• Proof
• Complex numbers
• Matrices
• Further algebra and functions, calculus and vectors
• Polar coordinates
• Hyperbolic functions
• Differential equations

There are also likely to be 2 additional units studied, to be chosen from:

• Further Pure;
• Mechanics;
• Statistics; and
• Discrete or Decision Mathematics

It is likely that students will take either 3 or 4 written papers at the end of the course.

Skills Demanded and Developed

Further Mathematics is a demanding A Level but those who find mathematics exciting and enjoyable, and who have shown a talent for the subject, should consider it. To succeed at this level you really need to enjoy a challenge. We suggest that anyone considering this should discuss their suitability for this course with their Mathematics teacher. You will spend approximately half your time on Mathematics and should be prepared to persevere with some quite difficult but interesting and rewarding ideas.

Mathematics and Further Mathematics are often combined with Physics or Chemistry, but students have successfully taken ‘Double Maths’ with a variety of other A Level subjects such as English, Modern Languages, Art, Music, Economics, Geography, History and Classics.

Careers and Higher Education Implications 

A ‘Double Maths’ course is the ideal preparation for higher education courses in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering.Theatre Design

Strong A-Level Combinations

Possible Further Study and Degree Courses

Biology Food Technology
Chemistry Nutrition
Physical Education Food Science
Business Studies Dietetics, Nursing, Food Marketing


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