GCSE Catering (Exam board - WJEC) is offered as an option for pupils in Year's 10 and 11. It is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education. It will offer valuable preparation for those entering the world of work.
Pupils of all cultures and ability levels enjoy the subject, and usually meet or exceed their target grades at GCSE. The practical nature of the subject makes it popular with pupils who have chosen a very academic range of subjects or for those who prefer active learning in a practical setting.
Pupils learn to prepare and serve a wide variety of foods and dishes for different occasions, catering situations and customer groups. The focus throughout is the catering industry.
Course Content/Topics are:
Health, safety and hygiene
Food preparation, cooking and presentation
Portion control and costing
The industry – food and drink
Job roles, employment and training
Specialist equipment (for food preparation, cooking and serving)
Communication and record keeping
Practical work includes a wide variety of basic skills and methods, and also provides opportunities for pupils to choose their own dishes in response to a design brief. Pupils normally provide their own ingredients and take home the food they have prepared.
Homework is an important part of the course. It may take the form of written assignments, planning, learning and revising, and pupils may also be asked to prepare for practical lessons. Work is assessed to GCSE criteria.
Assessment is through two Controlled assessment pieces. The first is completed during the Spring and Summer term of Year 10 (10 hours, 20%), and the second in the Autumn and Spring term of Year 11 (30 hours, 40%). The written exam is worth 40%, which is taken at the end of Year 11.