Food Technology at Canterbury Campus aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook for themselves and others, while applying the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.
Our curriculum enables students to make informed decisions about a range of further learning opportunities and career pathways as well as develop vital life skills that will enable them to feed themselves and others safely, affordably and nutritiously. They are taught how to cook effectively by planning, preparing and cooking using a variety of techniques, and equipment. They explore a range of ingredients and processes from a variety of culinary traditions, both British and international, to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes. Exploring food from other cultures also supports students social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness.
Our intent at KS3 is to apply the above principles whilst also instilling confidence and enjoyment in learning. Students thrive in the practical environment where they can share ideas, support one another and provide food for themselves and their families. Students are also supported to reflect on their food choices and the impact they may have on the environment.
KS4 students complete a BTEC Award in Home Cooking Skills where they apply current healthy eating recommendations, skills and understanding to plan, prepare and cook dishes for a varied healthy diet. They apply their knowledge of special dietary requirements, covering allergies, religions, and ethical choices. They consider the concept of sustainability and the impact of choices on the environment when choosing recipes and ingredients. Our Home Cooking Skills course aims to give every young person the basic skills and knowledge to be able to cook for themselves in a healthy, cost-effective way, as well as gain the confidence to share these skills with friends and family.