The Course encourages the development of practical and thinking skills. Practical, experiential learning in relevant contexts is used as the vehicle for development of knowledge, understanding and skills. The course is comprised of 3 units as shown below.
Food for Health
The general aim of this Unit is to develop learners’ knowledge of the relationship between food, health and nutrition. Learners will develop knowledge of dietary needs of individuals at various stages of life and describe current dietary advice. Through practical activities, the learner will produce food products which meet individual needs.
Food Product Development
The general aim of this Unit is to allow learners to develop knowledge and understanding of the functional properties of ingredients in food and their use in developing food products. Learners will develop a basic understanding of the stages involved in developing a food product. Through a problem-solving approach, learners will make a food product to meet specified needs. Learners will develop and apply a basic knowledge and understanding of safe and hygienic food practices and techniques.
Contemporary Food Issues
In this Unit, learners will develop knowledge of consumer food choices. They will consider factors which may affect food choices and develop knowledge of contemporary food issues. They will consider technological developments in food and organisations which protect consumer interests. They will also develop knowledge of food labelling and how it helps consumers make informed food choices.
The National 4 Health and Food Technology course has three units the pupils must complete prior to sitting the Added Value Unit. The final project (Added Value unit) will be internally assessed in the department to SQA standards.