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.
To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:
Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism
Entry is at the discretion of the school or college. You would normally have achieved:
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
Food Product Development
Contemporary Food Issues
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.
If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:
Further study, training or employment in:
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)