Why study National 4 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 develop important skills such as creative thinking, problem solving, planning and organising.

What other school subjects might help me to be successful?

Entry is at the discretion of the school but would normally expect a pupil to have completed the BGE course in health and food technology.

What pupils will 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 you 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:

How is the course structured?

The course centres around four key themes.

Theme 1:

Food for Health

Theme 2

Food Product Development

Theme 3         

Contemporary Food Issues

Theme 4


Study the relationship between food, health and nutrition.

Explain current dietary advice.

Understand dietary needs for different groups.

Use practical skills to prepare a range of food products.


Understand the properties of food and stages of food product development.

Make food products to meet different dietary needs.

Showcase safe and hygienic food practices and techniques.

Explore factors which may affect food choices.

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

Investigate how food labelling.

Pupils will successfully complete a health and food technology-based assignment.

The task will be sufficiently open and flexible to allow for personalisation and choice.

Additional Information


How is the course assessed?          


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Which jobs relate to this area?


Parental Engagement/


4 x Unit



Items of assessment could also include:

Practical cooking

Written work

Research projects

Question papers


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Practical Cookery


National 5 Practical Cake

Craft – see SQA 

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Option Choice Handbook

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