Catering at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community has become an increasingly popular choice at GCSE in recent years, and the department often achieves what is elusive in many schools, in that the subject is equally popular with males as with females.

Throughout the school, the cookery department is frequently involved in fund raising and competitive events, which are always popular with the pupils.

Course Content

The course consists of nine main areas:

  • The industry – Food and Drink
  • Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training
  • Health, Safety and Hygiene
  • Food preparation and cooking presentation
  • Nutrition and menu planning
  • Costing and portion control
  • Specialist equipment
  • Communication and record keeping
  • Environmental considerations

You will learn to:

  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of the Catering Industry
  • Gather and record Catering information
  • Interpret collected evidence and use investigative procedures to form a plan
    of action for set practical tasks
  • Carry out planned tasks by applying appropriate catering skills
  • Arrive at a personal view points and then make decisions related to the tasks
  • Take action based on decisions and evaluate the effectiveness of the catering tasks undertaken

Why study Catering at GCSE?

If you want to develop skills and knowledge of the Catering Industry, widen your creativeness and imagination, then GCSE Catering is for you.

There are a number of reasons for choosing GCSE Catering:

  • It’s a practical subject which is accessible to all pupils.
  • It meets Government initiatives for more vocational courses.
  • A range of life skills are learnt by pupils in a fun way.
  • It forms strong links between home, school and industry.
  • The course is well structured.
  • Well motivated pupils can achieve excellent grades.



There are three main areas of assessment for Catering:

  • Controlled tasks – this is where two practical tasks are set by WJEC and pupils have to show catering skills related to food preparation and service. This covers 45 hours of work and is worth 60%.
  • Written paper on “Catering, food and the customer”. This is a 1¼ hour paper where all questions are compulsory. This is worth 40%.



Possible careers in the field of Catering:

  • Further Education OND, HND or a Degree leading to teacher training
  • Industrial Catering
  • Armed Forces
  • Setting your own business up
  • Contract catering – schools, hospital, councils
  • Hospitality and Catering



Mr A Griffiths
Subject Leader

Mrs C John
Design & Technology Teacher

Mrs N Owen
Design & Technology Teacher

Mrs R Johnson
Food Technitian