NCEA Level 3 Food and Nutrition

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs D. Jarrett

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 1 and or 2 Food and Nutrition and/or Health is an advantage.

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 community 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 critically analyse the food and nutrition messages that abound, and make good decisions for themselves and others regarding food choice. 

Assessments are based on the Health Curriculum objectives.

Areas of study will include:

  • Analysing the impact current nutritional issues have on New Zealand society e.g. the over consumption of high energy-dense food, inadequate breakfast or fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Analysing the influences of food advertising on well-being and the influence of multinational food corporations on New Zealand's eating patterns
  • Analysing a food-related ethical dilemma in New Zealand e.g. multinational food company sponsorship of sports, fluoridation of water supplies, the introduction Sugar Sweetened Beverages tax
  • Planning, safe preparation and service of nutritious meals

Learning Areas:


Career Pathways

Cook, Registered Nurse, Cafe Worker, Cafe/Restaurant Manager, Chef, Dietitian, Food and Beverage Factory Worker, Food Technologist, Health Promoter

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$40.00 for pantry ingredients and provisions which the school supplies. Each student is also required to contribute the perishable ingredients for practical lessons. Stationary is an additional cost (although minimal).

Assessment Information All Internal Assessment tasks are written reports. There are two possible External standards - only one is part of the set course, the other is optional for those who wish to enter
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