WJEC Catering

The GCSE Catering specification offers a unique opportunity for candidates to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within catering in a vocational context. It is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education. Catering and the service industry is one of the largest in the country, this course will offer valuable preparation for those entering the world of work.

Typical products that are covered in GCSE Catering are:

  • The Food and Drink Industry
  • Food preparation, cooking and presentation
  • Specialist equipment
  • Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training
  • Nutrition and menu planning
  • Communication and record keeping
  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Costing and portion control Environmental considerations

What you will study:

During the course students will have the opportunity to plan and cook a wide variety of dishes that would be suitable for the service industry. Particular attention is paid to presentation of dishes and meals.


1 exam paper 40% Unit 2
Controlled Assessment (Practical Task and Portfolio) 60%
Consisting of –
Two practical assessments supported by a written portfolio.
One assessment to be completed in the Spring Term of Year 10 (20%) Unit 1a
One assessment to be completed in the Spring Term of Year11 (40%) Unit 1b

Support Materials:

Text book used in class:
WJEC Hospitality and Catering for GCSE, Second Edition ISBN: 978-0340986820

Revision book:
WJEC GCSE Hospitality & Catering: My Revision Notes (Revision Guide) ISBN: 978-1444153897
GCSE Catering WJEC Study & Exam Practice ISBN: 978-1847629883

Exam Specification:


Extension Homework
Year 7 Recipes – Mad Hatters Tea Party
Year 8 Recipes – The Underground
Year 9 Recipes – Street Food


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