Food Technology is an elective course that may be studied for 100 or 200 hours for Stage 5. It builds on the knowledge, skills and experiences developed in the Technology (Mandatory) Years 7–8 Syllabus.
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. It addresses the importance of hygiene 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. It also provides students 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.
What will students learn about?
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. The following focus areas provide a context through which the core (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
What will students learn to do?
The major emphasis of the Food Technology syllabus is on students exploring foodrelated issues through a range of practical experiences, allowing then to make informed and appropriate choices with regard to food. Integral to this course is students developing the ability and confidence to design, produce and evaluate solutions to situations involving food. They will learn to select and use appropriate ingredients, methods and equipment safely and competently.
Record of School Achievement
Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of study in Food Technology during Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) will be recorded with a grade on the student’s Record of School Achievement.
Food technology in Lawrence Hargrave School
Food technology is a branch of food science that deals with the production processes that make foods. What that looks like in our school is the broadening of knowledge and understanding of what food is, the properties, processing and preparation of foods and how these properties of the food manufacturing process all interlock with each other. Students therefore establish an integral understanding on how nutrition is key to living a healthy lifestyle. Students further develop their knowledge and understanding of safe and hygienic food preparation practices to produce quality food items.
Students have weekly practical lessons where they incorporate theoretical aspects into practice, further evolving their knowledge and creating links between key concepts and focus areas studied.