Food & Cookery

Exam board: NCFE
Course code/specification number: NCFE 601/4533/X
Level of qualification: Level 2 certificate

What will students learn about?

This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in food and cookery. This course provides learners with experience of using different cooking techniques and methods to enable them to use these within further education and apprenticeships. This qualification will help learners to prepare and cook using basic skills, understand food and its functions, understand balanced diets, modification of recipes and plan and produce dishes for a purpose.

What skills will students develop and demonstrate?

Learners will develop skills in planning, researching, communicating, problem solving and health and safety, skills that are essential for the modern workplace.

How will students’ learning be assessed?

4 Units: one 2hr exam (externally assessed) and three units of a portfolio of evidence built up over the course (internally assessed and externally moderated.)

  • Unit 1 Preparing to cook

Safe and hygienic preparation of cooking ingredients & cooking envi- ronment, as well as safe storage of ingredients. How to follow a recipe to demonstrate cooking skills and to produce a variety of dishes successfully.

  • Unit 2 Understanding Food

To understand sources of food and where they come from. Factors which affect our food choice and how to select dishes to prepare & cook successfully.

  • Unit 3 Exploring balanced diets

Balanced diets and individual requirements. RI’s and GDA’s.
Food labelling and how to adapt recipes for health.

  • Unit 4 Plan & produce dishes in response to a brief

This unit brings together all the learning completed and students de- sign a menu in response to a brief, in which they plan, make and review suitable dishes.

What grades can students access?

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery is the vocational equivalent of GCSE qualifications. Each unit is graded using a structure of Not Yet Achieved, L1 Pass, Merit and Distinction.

What can students progress on to after completing this course?

GCSE Food Technology/ A Levels
Junior Chef Academy (Hertford Regional College and Harlow College)
BTECs/ Diplomas/ Apprenticeships
BTEC specialist qualifications may also enhance learners’ self development by providing them with valuable life skills.

Additional Information

Students will be supplied with ingredients lists and must bring ingredients to practical lesson in order to complete coursework activities. 

For further information please contact:

Miss. D Walsh Assistant Head ADT: