What is Higher Health and Food Technology? 

Health and Food Technology is a hands-on practical subject that is particularly suitable for those who are interested in cooking, food and health. The course will teach pupils how to prepare healthy food as part of a balanced diet, and how to make food choices that are good for your health.  It helps pupils to develop important skills such as creative thinking, problem solving, planning and organising. The skills that you develop in Health and Food Technology are useful in many different career areas, such as food preparation and service, food and drink manufacturing, food science, food technology careers, dietetics, nutrition and teaching. 

 What other school subjects might help me to be successful? 

Entry into this course is at the discretion of the school. You would normally need to have achieved National 5 Health and Food Technology. 

What will Pupils study? 

Health and food technology is a practical subject that develops a pupils’ food knowledge and cooking skills. Pupils will learn about food, nutrition and dietary needs. They will learn the skills involved in storing, preparing and cooking food safely and hygienically. These skills will help them to make informed food and consumer choices to contribute to a healthy lifestyle.  

 Pupils will also be given the opportunity to complete a Food Hygiene Certificate – this is sponsored by The Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland. For more information – please follow the link: https://www.rehis.com/community-training/courses/course/elementary-food-hygiene 

 How is the course structured?  

Theme 1: 

Food for Health 

Theme 2 

Food Product Development 

Theme 3          

Contemporary Food Issues 

  • Develop  knowledge and understanding of the relationship between food, health and nutrition. 


  • Develop confidence in explaining current dietary advice. 


  • Increase dietary knowledge of a range of age groups OR individual needs. 


  • Expand knowledge of the properties of ingredients in food, and how they are used in developing new food products. 


  • Increase understanding of the different stages involved in developing food products. 


  • Make new food products to suit different dietary requirements. 


  • Develop and apply  knowledge of safe and hygienic food practices and techniques. 


  • Explore factors which may affect food choices and learn more about contemporary food issues. 


  • Consider technological developments in food, and organisations which protect consumer interests. 


  • Investigate how food labelling helps us to make informed food choices. 


  • Apply knowledge and skills in a range of practical and creative ways. 



Additional Information 


How is the course assessed?           


Which course could I do next? 


Which jobs relate to this area? 


Parental Engagement/ Information 


(60 marks)  


Question Paper  

(60 marks)  


Items of assessment could also include:  


Practical cooking  

Written work   

Research projects  

Question papers 


National 5 Practical  

Cookery   – see Nationals 

in a nutshell   



National 5 Practical Cake 

Craft  – see SQA 



Browse the following career links:   


Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism   


Health and Food Technology   



Parent Council 



School Website/Twitter  


School Handbook  


Option Choice Handbook  


Open evenings/events  


Nationals in a Nutshell  









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