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All students at Cranbury College are given the opportunity to learn essential cooking skills and knowledge alongside understanding the importance of health and nutrition. At Cranbury College, we recognise that these are essential life skills which can empower our students to make changes that will have long-term benefits to their families and themselves. Home Cooking lessons provide pupils with the skills needed to plan, prepare and cook a meal from scratch, help them to make healthy choices, builds confidence to share their skills with other family members and work within a budget.


Key Stage 3

Home Cooking lessons are offered as part of the weekly timetable for all students within our KS3 Pathways Unit. KS3 students who are on an individual timetable are also provided with the opportunity to Home Cooking lessons on either a rota or personal need basis. The focus of these lessons is for pupils to learn how to plan, prepare and cook a healthy meal or snack using ingredients which are easily accessible, cost-effective and nutritious which they can replicate at home. We aim to encourage pupils to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence within this life skill as we value the long-term benefits to a student and their family’s health and well-being of being able to plan, budget, prepare and cook meals at home.


KS4 and Post-16

All students are provided with the opportunity of choosing Home Cooking Skills as an option subject. Students who choose this option will begin to study Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award in Home Cooking Skills with the option to progress onto Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in Home Cooking Skills either upon satisfactory completion of Level 1 or if a student demonstrates the skills and knowledge to immediately commence working at Level 2.

The Level 1 Award focuses on providing students with the skills to prepare delicious and nutritious home-cooked food using fresh ingredients whilst the Level 2 Award is designed to develop a student’s ability to plan and prepare a series of meals which are nutritious and cost-effective for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Both courses focus on:

  • Developing life-skills and knowledge
  • Building confidence within the kitchen
  • Transferring skills to others
  • Empowering students to cook for themselves and their families
  • Build knowledge, confidence and understanding to life choices which will benefit health and well-being
  • Understand food hygiene and safety within the kitchen
  • Develop awareness of global issues, changing food habits and choices.

The principles of Food Technology are further developed through the Sport, Childcare, R/PSHE and Prince’s Trust programmes, that include topics on nutrition, healthy eating and the functions/needs of the human body.

For further information, please contact:  Julia Bray (email: