National 5 Health and Food Technology (Course Code: C836 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Health and Food Technology?

Health and Food Technology is a hands-on practical subject that is particularly suitable for those who are interested in cooking, food and health. The course will teach you how to prepare healthy food as part of a balanced diet, and how to make food choices that are good for your health.  It helps you to develop important skills such as creative thinking, problem solving, planning and organising.

The skills that you develop in Health and Food Technology are useful in many different career areas, such as food preparation and service, food and drink manufacturing, food science and technology and dietetics and nutrition.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Animals, Land and Environment

Health and Medicine

Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism

Manufacturing Industries

Science and Maths


What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college. You would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

Health and food technology is a practical subject that develops your food knowledge and cooking skills. You will learn about food, nutrition and dietary needs. You will learn the skills involved in storing, preparing and cooking food safely and hygienically. These skills will help you to make informed food and consumer choices to contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

The course comprises three areas of study.

Food for Health

You will:

Food Product Development

You will:

Contemporary Food Issues

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment has two components totalling 80 marks:

For the assignment, you will work to a brief to develop a food product and will complete your work using a candidate workbook which you will be provided with. The assignment will be set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA).

The question paper will be set and marked externally by the SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D. 

Study Materials

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Health and Food Technology (National 5)