Food Technology

Food Technology

Department Information

Food Technology is a highly popular and highly enjoyable subject at Brayton Academy.  The study of Food Technology fosters a wide range of desirable qualities.  We strive to stimulate a lasting interest in nutrition, healthy eating and developing practical cooking skills.  Students need to cooperate with one another and have a responsible attitude for health and safety.  They should develop lively, enquiring minds, practicing recipes suitable for themselves and others.

Year 7

In Year 7, students have the opportunity to select food as part of their options. If they choose this option they have the opportunity to develop their passion for food by cooking on a weekly basis. The aim of this year is to introduce students to a wide range of fresh ingredients, cooking skills and techniques. They will focus on safety and hygiene when preparing a variety of dishes as detailed below:

  • Pasta salad
  • Vegetable stir fry
  • Fruity flap jack
  • Classic tomato spaghetti
  • Bread making
  • Apple crumble

Year 8

In Year 8, students have the opportunity to select food as part of their options. If they have already completed a year of food in Year 7 they will build on their skills progressing to more challenging dishes that explore the function of ingredients and their role in a healthy diet. They will learn how to plan and make dishes that meet dietary needs at different life stages, and to evaluate the practical outcomes against those needs using nutritional analysis software. This involves cooking great food that tastes amazing, saves money and, in the long run, will help students lead a happier, healthier life.  Examples of dishes include:

  • Chicken fajitas
  • Shepherds pie
  • Pizza
  • Pasta and pasta dishes

Year 9

In Year 9, students have the opportunity to select food as a pre GCSE option. They will be developing practical and theoretical skills and knowledge that will prepare them for the requirements of the GCSE.

They will be progressing to higher level making skills and the science of cooking. They will need to understand the function of ingredients in order to produce a high quality product. The curriculum is delivered through a mix of theory with practical sessions.


Years 10 and 11 GCSE (delivered over two years) AQA 8585 specification Food and Nutrition

In Years 10 and 11 students have an opportunity to study AQA Design and Technology: Food Preparation and Nutrition.  All areas follow the AQA syllabus which can be accessed at In AQA Design and Technology: Food Technology students research a design context and explore a wide range of design proposals. After development of a chosen solution the planning and manufacture of a prototype product takes place. The controlled assessed coursework contributes 50% of the total mark with the final 50% taken up with an external examination.

Students enjoy the freedom to design their own product in an area that interests them. There are clear pathways using food technology GCSE. whether it be the A level or one of the many specialised courses in further education colleges. It has many links with other subjects including Chemistry, Biology, Business Studies and Child Development.


Departmental Staff

Mrs C M Ainsley – Teacher of Food Technology – [email protected]

Mrs G Dilcock – DT Technician – [email protected]

Mr M Oxer – [email protected]


There is a food workshop open to all year groups.  Students have access to computers and support from technology teachers. It runs in DT7 every Wednesday from 2.30pm-3-30pm (Period7).


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