Burnside High School Burnside High School

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
  • Evaluating some of the conflicting nutritional information that surrounds us and impacts on our wellbeing  - analysing it and drawing conclusions relating to the credibility
  • Planning, safe preparation and service of nutritious meals


Learning Areas:

Health and Physical Education, Technology

Assessment Information

All Internal Assessment tasks are written reports.

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).