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Food Technology

Food Technology A - 200 hour course

The study of food technology provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of food properties, processing, preparation and their interrelationship, nutritional considerations and consumption patterns. 

The course addresses the importance of hygienic and safe working practices and legislation in the production of food. 

Students will develop food specific skills, which can then be applied in a range of contexts enabling students to produce quality food products.

Students are provided with a context through which to explore the richness, pleasure and variety food adds to life and how it contributes to both vocational and general life experiences.

Food Technology A  Learning outcomes

Food Technology enables students to make informed and creative decisions about food. Students develop skills and knowledge in nutrition and food processing and presentation. It involves weekly practical "hands on" experiences with food, experimentation, food styling and photography, food and dietary analysis using an electronic database.

Students will learn about food in a variety of settings, enabling them to evaluate the relationships between food, technology, nutritional status and the quality of life. These focus areas provide a context through which the core subjects of Food preparation and processing, Nutrition and Consumption, will be studied:

  • Food in Australia
  • Food Equity
  • Food Product Development
  • Food Selection and Health
  • Food Service and Catering
  • Food for Special Needs
  • Food for Special Occasions
  • Food Trends

Assessment of Food Technology A

A range of assessment instruments are used to assess this subject, including research assignments, practical food preparation exercises, and oral reports using presentation programs.

Hospitality Course

The students in this class will complete 100 hours of Food Technology in Year 9 (as per Food Technology A students) and will then will move into Hospitality (Certificate I) in Year 10. The Hospitality Industry Curriculum Framework gives students the opportunity to gain credit towards national vocational qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). It is based on a nationally endorsed Training Package.  Students who complete this course and meet course outcomes will receive Certificate 1 Hospitality.

What will students learn about in Certificate 1 Hospitality?

Hospitality enables students to acquire a range of technical, practical, personal and organisational skills valued both within and beyond the workplace. Students will complete practical experiences in the Trade Training Centre.  Students will also acquire underpinning knowledge and skills related to work, employment and further training within the hospitality industry. Through the study of this subject, students will gain experiences that can be applied to a range of contexts, including work, study and leisure and that will assist them to make informed career choices.

Students will learn about the Hospitality Industry, and in particular the skills required for work in a cafe, this includes organising, preparing and presenting food and beverages to industry standard in a safe and hygienic manner.  Students learn to work as a member of an efficient team through running our school café and develop communication skills that can be used in a variety of employment settings.

Students studying Certificate 1 Hospitality can elect Hospitality - Kitchen Operations or Hospitality - Food and Beverage in Year 11 and 12.

Students undertaking this course must adhere to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) legislation by wearing fully enclosed leather shoes. Practical lessons will require students to wear protective clothing.