New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
01905 763933


Food Courses

Head of Department: Ms Nathalie Emanuel


The aim of the department is to create learners who have a knowledge and understanding of food groups and ingredients. We investigate properties of ingredients and develop culinary skills.

Food Collage

The challenge in meeting the needs of a learner with a visual impairment are:

  • Accessing equipment independently and safely
  • Accessing recipes and text to support learning and developing skills
  • A lack of incidental learning which can mean that learners have had limited experiences of ingredients, methods of cooking and equipment
  • The absence or limitation of observation of presentation of foods
  • The lowered self-confidence of the learner as many have been limited in developing skills due to fear, nurture and others' narrowed attitude to their capabilities. For example "You can’t do a food course - it would be too dangerous"

Examples of Adaptations for Visually Impaired Students

  • Small class sizes and a high ratio of staff to students
  • Dedicated Teaching Assistant and staff trained in task analysis and skills development
  • All work provided in each student's preferred medium of work
  • Adaptions made to recipes to promote safety and processing
  • Everyday equipment adapted with tactile points of reference
  • Methods of working that will create success and enable the student to do their best


Courses that will be offered from September 2018:

  • GCSE Eduqas – Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Edexcel Btec Home Cooking Skills Level 1 and Level 2
  • WJEC Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition