An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles.
Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors.
Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that that support healthy eating initiatives.
Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates.
Exam Board: WJEC
The level 3 Certificate in Food Science and nutrition will enable the learner to demonstrate an understanding of the science of food safety, nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts, and through on–going practical sessions, to gain practical skills to produce quality food items to meet the needs of individuals.
It has been designed to offer exciting, interesting experiences that focus learning for 16 - 19 year old learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful, work-related contexts, linked to the food production industry.
The WJEC Level 3 Certificate in Food Science and Nutrition is assessed through a combination of a written examination and an internal centre marked assignment.
Learners complete one unit: Meeting nutritional needs of specific groups
This mandatory unit will enable the learner to demonstrate an understanding of the science of food safety, nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts, and through on–going practical sessions, to gain practical skills to produce quality food items to meet the needs of individuals.
Although there are no formal entry requirements, the qualification supports progression from Level 2 particularly GCSEs in Hospitality and Catering, Home Economics: Food and Nutrition, Design and Technology:
Food Technology, Biology and Physical Education as well as vocational qualifications such as the WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering. The qualification is generally delivered over two years and is likely to be studied in schools or colleges alongside GCE AS and A-Levels and other L3 vocational qualifications.
Minimum entry 5 9-5 or equivalent, including grade 4 in English ad Mathematics.