Food Science and Nutrition - Ratcliffe College

Food Science and Nutrition - Ages 11-16

Food Science and Nutrition is taught in two brightly coloured classrooms in a positive and exciting learning environment. In the Department we aim to help our students develop an essential life skill for their future, develop their understanding of making a variety of appetising and appealing food products.

Students will develop their knowledge on a range of aspects including nutrition, healthy initiatives, food safety, food provenance, functional and chemical properties of food and sensory evaluation.  You will work individually and as a team working within tight time constraints helping you to be organised and have an analytical approach to your work.

Food Preparation and Nutrition has given me the opportunity to learn about what I love and has helped me to pursue my future aspirations.

Year 11 student

All ingredients and equipment are provided for a small charge at Key Stage 3 and charged at the end of each term, this will help to relieve the mad-rush around the supermarket the evening before the lesson!  In Key Stage 4, ingredients are provided but students are asked to provide their own ingredients for free choice practicals and their Non-Examination Assessments.   

We look forward to welcoming you into the Department.  Who knows?  You may be the next budding Masterchef winner or Jamie Oliver! 


We have been delighted that two of our students achieved the national final of the FutureChef competition held at Westminster College in London in 2016 and 2014.  Both students went through a rigorous three stages beating over 7000 other entries, a truly remarkable achievement and one that we are immensely proud of.   

In the academic year of 2016-2017 at GCSE level value added score was 0.7 which was above the school average of 0.5, many students often achieved one of their highest grades in Food, 40% of students achieved A*/B.  In the Sixth Form, 33% of students gained A*-B grades.  It has been greatly encouraging and satisfying to see some of our students over recent years to pursue their love of the subject and have entered degrees to study Food Science, Food Marketing and Food Business at university.

Having the help and support ready and waiting boosted my confidence and gave me the opportunity to do the best I can possibly do.

Year 11 student


Cooking Club takes place on Monday evenings during Prep time, in the autumn and spring term.  There are various competitions throughout the year including FutureChef, The Ratcliffe Bake-Off and the popular Christmas Food Competition.  Revision and help sessions take place throughout the year for Year 11 during lunch and extra sessions are added in the Summer Term prior to the lead-up to the examination.  In the Department we provide an open door policy at all times.  Ask and we will help as best we can!  

I love Food Preparation and Nutrition, it’s great!

Year 11 student