Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition

Examination Board: wjec

Entry Requirements

Previous study of food and nutrition at GCSE is not required.

This course allows pupils to learn about the relationship between the human body and food, as well as developing practical skills linked to the cooking and preparation of food. There is a strong emphasis on practical work.

Specification units

The one year course leads to a Level 3 Certificate in Food Science and Nutrition, and the two year course leads to a Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition. The Certificate requires study of unit 1, and the Diploma requires study of units 1, 2 and 3.


Unit 1: Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups.

The purpose of this unit is for pupils to develop an understanding of the nutritional needs of specific target groups and plan to cook complex dishes to suit their needs. This unit is both internally and externally assessed. It has a strong practical element, enabling pupils to apply theory to practical cookery.

Unit 2: Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat.

Pupils will develop an understanding of the hazards and risks in relation to the storage, preparation and cooking of food. This unit is externally assessed.

Unit 3: Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition.

Pupils will develop the skills needed to plan, carry out and present a research project on current issues related to food science and nutrition. This unit develops research skills and prepares pupils for the demands of individual research at university. Pupils may study a topic of their choice which could relate to their chosen field of study at university, for example, a research study on sport and nutrition.


In addition to studying these units, pupils will have the opportunity to sit RSPH examinations in the following areas. Food safety, Food Allergy and Nutrition/Special Diets.  These additional awards will enhance a pupil’s portfolio of qualifications and add breadth and depth to their study.


Distinction * = 140 points

Distinction = 120 points

Merit = 80 points

Pass = 40 points.

The certificate in Food Science and Nutrition will receive half these points.

A Quote from Stover

Positive, supportive relationships stimulate and motivate the pupils so that they make good progress.

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