NCEA Level 1 Food and Nutrition

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs D. Jarrett

Why study Food and Nutrition?

Nutrition is fundamental to developing a sense of well-being. The ability to effectively look after ourselves and our whānau and friends is a necessary life skill. Information about nutrition and healthy eating can be conflicting and confusing in our society today. This course is based on the major focus of Food and Nutrition (Home Economics) and aims to empower students with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to make good decisions for themselves regarding food choice.

Assessments are based on the Health Curriculum objectives. There is a significant practical component (including assessment) in this course also.

Topics within the course include: 

• The relationships between nutrition and an individuals health and well being

• The factors and societal influences on people’s choice and use of food

• Safe food handling practices and strategies

• The planning, preparation, cooking and serving of healthy meals for teenagers

• Wise, informed consumer choices relating to food - focusing on interpreting food labeling information

NB See also: Hospitality: Food Technology for another food based course option

Learning Areas:



NCEA Level 2 Food and Nutrition

Students studying Food and Nutrition may be interested in food or health-related careers

Career Pathways

Cook, Registered Nurse, Baker, Kitchenhand, Chef, Dietitian, Health Promoter

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$42.00 for dry ingredients and other provisions, which the school supplies. Each student is also required to contribute the perishable ingredients to the weekly practical lesson. Stationery is an additional cost.

Assessment Information Internal Assessment tasks are written assessments, and two of them have a practical assessment component also.
Pathway Tags

Dietitian, Nutritionist, Food Technology, Food Science, New product design, Food Engineering, Public health, Quality Assurance, Food Critic, Food Stylist, Cake Decorator, Product Promotion, Hospitality, Chef, Baker, Bar Manager, Bar Tender, Front of House, Caterer, Housekeeper, Cafe Manager, Hotel/ Motel Receptionist, Food marketing, Barista., Catering, Food, Cafe, Barista, Dietician, Carer, Life Skills, Bartender, Tourism, Hotel/Motel Receptionist