Changes for 2021

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The Government announced on 6 January that exams won’t go ahead as normal in summer 2021, so some of this information may change. We’ll update this page as soon as further detail becomes available.

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Following Ofqual’s announcement about summer 2021, here are the changes you need to know about.

Please bear in mind that these changes apply to summer 2021 only.

Changes to NEA tasks

NEA1: Food Investigation Task (15%) - this task is no longer required

NEA2: Food Preparation Task (50%) - will remain as part of the assessment with the following change. The requirement for NEA2 is now two dishes to be completed within 3 hours.

Breakdown of assessment

The marks in each section remain the same but our expectations have been reduced to accommodate the lack of time for students this year.

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Section A: Researching the task

Recording four to six ideas should allow students to show a good range of skills using different ingredients and processes. When they have recorded their ideas, students will then need to decide which dishes to make.


Section B: Demonstration of technical skills

Make up to three technical dishes


Section C: Planning for the final menu

Plan to make two final dishes


Section D: Making the final dishes

Make two final dishes. During the practical assessment, the teacher will be assessing:

  • use and execution of a range of technical skills
  • it is acknowledged that the making of only two dishes provides less opportunity for the coverage of food preparation skills.

Section E: Analyse and evaluate

  • Analysis and evaluation of two final dishes
  • Sensory evaluation could be done in a home setting. This can be achieved by setting up testing panels and a variety of sensory analysis methods can be used.  It is not advised to carry out testing within a classroom environment because of hygiene and safety issues related to coronavirus.

There will be no change to the exam

The exam will still cover the same subject content written in the specification.

If your students need to complete work at home, this is permitted providing you are able to authenticate their work. This requirement means that you must have sufficient experience of the student to verify that the work they produce is to the same standard you would expect them to produce in a school setting.

All practical work should be completed under teacher supervision.

Help and support

Please contact your NEA adviser for further support on conducting the NEA.

If you don’t know who your NEA adviser is, your exams officer will have these details, or you can contact us.