Exam Board: WJEC

The single GCSE course is a vocational qualification which offers a valuable preparation for students who may want to enter the many careers in the Food Industry as well as a good foundation for those who wish to progress to further education. The course includes both practical and theory lessons.

Course content

Students will learn about and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the following areas:

The hospitality and catering industry – types of establishments that serve food and drink, job roles, employment opportunities, health and safety, nutrition and menu planning, environmental issues and portion and costing controls.

Practical lessons

The practical lessons will include the selection, preparation and presentation of: vegetables and fruit, meat and poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, cereals, flour, rice, pasta, basic dough and pastry product, cakes, sponges and scones, sauces and convenience products.

Students will make a range of dishes from around the world whilst gaining practical skills and knowledge. They will learn to prepare and cook pizzas, pasta dishes, pies and pastries, cakes, a range of international dishes plus seasonal savoury and sweet dishes.

60% of the final grade will come from two practical tasks, where students must show catering skills related to food preparation and service. (Task 1 Afternoon tea and task 2 international food )

Each task must be accompanied by a folder of notes that cover the investigation, planning and evaluation of the task.

40% of the final grade will come from a written examination paper (1 ¼ hours) on Catering, food and the customer.


There are a range of college courses and apprenticeships on offer post 16

A career in hospitality and catering as a chef, hotel manager, bar manager, front of house in a variety of different businesses from hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, bars, cafes