The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition is a vocational course that is assessed through a combination of a written exam and external assignment set and marked by WJEC and two centre marked assignments. Learners will be involved in weekly practical sessions and will build on the skills and knowledge developed at GCSE level. A ‘Distinction*’ in the Level 3 Diploma has the same weighting as an A* at A Level and are recognised in UCAS points and for university applications
The qualification will be delivered over two years and is made up of three units:
Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups – this involves a practical food show case and an externally marked written examination. Learners will demonstrate an understanding of the science of nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts. Students will experience ongoing practical sessions, to gain a wide range of high level skills to produce quality food items to meet the needs of individuals.
Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat – this is externally marked and involves experimentation and written research. This unit allows learners to develop their understanding of the science of food safety and hygiene; essential knowledge for anyone involved in food production in the home or wishing to work in the food industry. Again practical sessions will support the gaining of theoretical knowledge and ensure learning is a tactile experience.
Experimenting to Solve Food Production OR Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition – Studying one of the two optional units allows learners the opportunity to study subjects of particular interest or relevance to them, building on previous learning and experiences.