Food Science & Nutrition - Ratcliffe College

Food Science & Nutrition – Ages 16-18

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.  Food manufactures and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and polices.  Together with other A Levels you may decide to pursue a qualification in Higher Education such as Food and Nutrition, Human Nutrition, Food Marketing, Food Science and Technology.  Food Science and Nutrition is taught in two brightly coloured classrooms in a positive and exciting learning environment.  Since the beginning of 2017, we have followed the WJEC Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition.  This is equivalent to one A Level – full details of the course can be found in the Sixth Form handbook.

At Sixth Form, ingredients are provided, but students are asked to provide their own ingredients for free choice practicals and their practical assessments.

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


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.


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. The Sixth Form also have the opportunity to visit the Good Food Show. Sixth Formers also have the opportunity to help the lower years as mentors as well as helping out in class, if the timetable allows and also to help in the judging of competitions.  In the Department we provide and open door policy at all times.  Ask and we will help as best we can!