Changes for 2022

Because of the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there are some changes to how GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition will be assessed in 2022.

These changes are for 2022 only.

What you need to know

  • Changes to non-exam assessment (NEA) tasks
  • Breakdown of assessment
  • No changes to exam
  • Advance information on exam will be available

Changes to NEA tasks

  • NEA1: Food Investigation Task (15%) – no longer required
  • NEA2: Food Preparation Task (50%) – will remain as part of the assessment, but the requirement is now to complete two dishes within 3 hours.

Breakdown of assessment

SectionMarks available

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 (as opposed to three) 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.

No changes to the exam

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

Advance information on exams will be available New

To help students focus their exam preparation, there will be advance information on what exams will cover.

This advance information will be available by 7 February 2022, or sooner if the pandemic worsens.

In the meantime, we've published individual summaries and guidance to help you know what to expect.

Help and support

We have created a guidance document that gives you the new assessment criteria for GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition. This can be found on the Secure Key Materials section of our secure website e-AQA.

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.