Mission Statement

Food Technology at GSCE and A-level are inspiring and practical Design and Technology courses allowing students to bring out their creativity.

These allow students to develop their application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.

Students will work individually and in teams in order to investigate and experiment with food products and develop their awareness of nutrition, social, moral, cultural and environmental issues in food production.

The GCSE course is assessed through 40% examined unit and 60% controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

Throughout the course, students will design and make a range of food products developing the following skills:

  • Sensory testing

  • Product and nutritional analysis

  • Working characteristics of food

  • Analysing and evaluating

  • Manufacturing in quantity

  • Using computer-aided design and manufacture

Courses Offered & Unit Work

GCSE Design & Technology: Food Technology (AQA)

Unit Work

Department Highlights

As a department, we are proud of consistently high results in both GCSE and A-level Food Technology. In 2012-13 the GCSE results were 87% A-C and 29/89 achieved A*-A grades. At A-level there was a 100% pass-rate with 50% achieving A*-B and 25% achieving A*-A.

We host an annual ‘Chef of the Year’ competition in conjunction with Alnwick Rotary Club. This is always a huge success with a local chef judging the dishes. The winners and runners up of the 2013 competition took centre stage at the Alnwick Food Festival cooking alongside Jean-Christophe Novelli.

We are keen as a department to relate learning to real life wherever possible so will endeavour to take students on visits where relevant or to bring in guest speakers. A recent visitor from Quorn proved hugely interesting and inspiring to aid understanding in the development of new products.

Staff Contact List

Mrs D Murphy (Head of Faculty)


Miss L Taylor

Mrs G Maitland (Deputy Head)

Mrs R Makamure

Mrs R Milburn (Leading Practitioner)