WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition

Course Leader:

Ms V Slater – vslater@sackvilleschool.org.uk

Exam board: WJEC
Guidance: Minimum of a Merit at Level 2 hospitality and catering OR grade 5 in science, with discussion to prove a passion for ‘food issues’
Course Start Date: 09/2024
Course length: 2 Years
Course description:

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. Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that that support healthy eating initiatives. Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates.

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition has been designed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to further study and training. It offers exciting and interesting experiences that focus learning for 16-19 year-old learners and adult learners through applied learning, i.e. through the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in purposeful contexts linked to the food production industry.

Course units:

Unit 1. Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups – Internal and External Assessment – Mandatory
Unit 2. Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat – External Assessment – Mandatory
Unit 3. Experimenting to Solve Food Production – Internal Assessment – Optional
Unit 4. Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition – External Assessment – Optional

All learners must take Units One and Two and then select either Unit Three or Unit Four.
Unit 1 will enable the learner to demonstrate an understanding of the science of food safety, nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts, and through ongoing practical sessions, to gain practical skills to produce quality food items to meet the needs of individuals.
Unit 2 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.
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.

The course is usually studied over two years but we also accept students on to the one year BTEC Certificate Level 3. The two year course is equivalent to one GCE A level, the one year course is equivalent to GCE AS level.


The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition is assessed through a combination of a written exam and external assignment set and marked by WJEC and two centre marked assignments.

What can I do with this qualification?

Together with relevant Level 3 qualifications such as AS and A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Sociology and Maths and/or Level 3 qualifications in Hospitality or Science, learners will gain the required knowledge to progress to higher education degree courses, such as:
• BSc Food and Nutrition
• BSc Human Nutrition
• BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition
• BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology
Also catering or hospitality courses, nutritionist, dietetics and much more.

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