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Food Technology


At the Beacon College we recognise that being able to cook meals is a vital life skill for our students.

Not only does it promote independence, but it is also extremely beneficial in terms of health and wellbeing.

We aim to give our learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy cooking meals at home.


We will also support the students to gain understanding of how to economise when planning meals to cook at home.


In addition, Food Technology lessons provide a rich context in which to apply functional skills.


Although health and safety in the kitchen and food hygiene are taught as part of the Food Technology lesson, students have the opportunity to complete a Food hygiene certificate as part of the optional Science and Technology options.


Students participate in one Food Technology lesson a week. The curriculum is mapped using a combination of the national curriculum and also the objectives outlined in the Home Cooking Skills BTEC module.


Students are taught skills, knowledge and understanding through the following learning threads:

  • Weighing and measuring
  • Food preparation
  • Mixing and combining
  • Shaping and assembling
  • Heating
  • Serving and garnishing
  • Healthy eating
  • Consumer awareness
  • Food safety and hygiene
  • Recipes and ingredients