Why study National 5 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. Or for those with a career interest in: food preparation and service, food and drink manufacturing, food science and technology and dietetics and nutrition.

What other school subjects might help me to be successful?

Entry is at the discretion of the school but would usually require the completion of a National 4 in Health and Food Technology or a National 5 in practical cookery.What pupils will study? 

Health and food technology is a practical subject that develops a pupils’ food knowledge and cooking skills. They will learn about food, nutrition and dietary needs, as well as storing, preparing and cooking food safely and hygienically. These skills will help pupils make informed food and consumer choices, which can 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.  Follow the link:

How is the course structured?

The course centres around three key themes.

Theme 1:

Food for Health

Theme 2

Food Product Development

Theme 3         Contemporary Food Issues
  • Develop understanding of the relationship between food, health and nutrition.


  • Develop confidence in explaining current dietary advice.


  • Understand dietary needs for different age groups.


  • Develop practical skills in preparing food products, to meet individual needs.


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


  • Make food products to meet different dietary needs.


  • 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 consumers make informed food choices.


  • Apply your knowledge and skills in practical ways.

Additional Information


How is the course assessed?          


Which course could I do next?


Which jobs relate to this area?


Parental Engagement/


Assignment (60 marks)


Question Paper (60 marks)


Items of assessment could also include:


Practical cooking

Written work

Research projects

Question papers



Nationals in a nutshell:

Higher Health and Food Technology l


National 5 Practical

Cookery  l


National 5 Practical Cake

Craft – see SQA 

Browse the career links below:


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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