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
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:
Section E: Analyse and evaluate
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
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, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has published guidance for teachers and students on the use of advance information for 2022.
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.