BTEC Level 1 Award in Home Cooking Skills

“This course has been developed in partnership with Jamie Oliver Ltd and has been inspired by his food initiatives and campaigns.”



Awarding Body


Course Specification

Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to the Design & Technology Departme​nt

Years taught

Year 10 and Year 11

What is the course structure?

This course has been developed in partnership with Jamie Oliver Ltd and has been inspired by his food initiatives and campaigns. Jamie Oliver Cooking Skills provides learners with the basic skills and knowledge to be able to cook for themselves in a healthy and cost effective way for the rest of their lives, as well as gain the confidence to share these skills with friends and family.


This course consists of two single unit BTEC qualifications at Level 1 and Level 2.


Level 1 focuses on giving all learners the skills to prepare delicious and nutritious home-cooked food using fresh ingredients, as well as an understanding of the value of passing on cooking knowledge. (4 Credits)

Level 2 develops the learner's ability to plan and prepare a series of nutritious home-cooked meals for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner, and helps them understand how to cook economically. (6 Credits)

What will I study?

The course consists of over 80 recipes, all divided into manageable sections and covering key topics from eggs and baking to vegetables and quick-cook meats. This is all supported by a range of fact sheets dealing with other basics and essentials such as: Kitchen basics what equipment you need and the best way to stock your store cupboard, fridge and freezer. Food safety and hygiene knife safety, fridge management and rotation. How to shop cleverly shopping lists, seasonal food, planning ahead. Preparing ingredients and how to understand confusing food labels.

How is the course assessed?

Learners will produce a portfolio of work internally moderated and externally assessed.

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Gemma Taylor

Kenton School
Drayton Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: 0191 214 2200


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