GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

  • Teaching from: September 2016
  • Exams from: June 2018
  • Specification code: 8585
  • QAN code: 601/8421/8

Our fresh and exciting GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition specification equips students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety.

Created with help from teachers and subject experts, it will inspire and motivate your students, opening their eyes to a world of career opportunities and giving them the confidence to cook with ingredients from across the globe.

See below for a taste of the fantastic free resources we’ve created to help you teach this new specification.


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Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

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Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

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Prepare your students for assessment. Specimen and past papers, mark schemes, example answers.

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Key dates

  • 1 November 2019GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition Task 2 preliminary materials issued 1st November. Available on Secure Key Materials on aqa.org.uk (8585/C)
  • 7 May 2020 Non-exam assessment deadline for GCSE Food (8585/C)
    Schools and colleges may set their own internal deadlines
  • 9 June 2020 Exam for GCSE Food preparation and nutrition (8585/W)
    Series: June 2020
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 45m

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