Food and Nutrition

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The syllabus development procedures adopted by the Council are based on the Council's firm belief that there should exist a close relationship between the schools' curriculum and the examinations. Syllabuses are therefore formulated by Panels of subject specialists drawn from those groups responsible for the design and the implementation of curriculum - classroom teachers, members of regional universities and other tertiary institutions and members of curriculum and testing units of Ministries of Education.

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Food and Nutrition Unit 1

Module 1:         Principles of Nutrition and Health

Module 2:         Food Selection and Meal Planning

Module 3:         Food Preparation and Service: Principles and Methods

Food and Nutrition Unit 2

Module 1:         Caribbean Foodways and Food Systems

Module 2:         Food Science and Technology

Module 3:         Food Preparation and Service: Large Quantity and Commercial

Examples of Responses to Questions in the Examinations
In keeping with our drive here at CXC to enhance the support provided to candidates who are preparing to write our examinations, we are displaying on our website exemplars of candidates’ responses to examination questions. These are authentic, unedited responses. They are presented in the candidates’ own handwriting, accompanied by comments from the Examination Committee that indicate the Committee’s judgement of the quality of the responses and the justification for arriving at that judgement.
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Unit 1 

Unit 2

Food and Nutrition is a technical discipline that involves the study of food and its relation to health. Its purview is on the raising of standards in food science, food preparation and service. Substantial priorities are, therefore, placed on the development of competencies in food science, functional foods, food and nutrition technology, food production and security and food preparation. The emphasis of food preparation is placed on meal planning, preparation, service and analysis. Integral to these are nutritional principles and values, food habits, healthy eating and physical activity.     

This syllabus in Food and Nutrition is designed to prepare students for employment in the rapidly growing hospitality service industry, to change attitudes and to empower individuals and communities to exercise control over their health.  The syllabus seeks to provide problem-based and experiential learning in eating choices, weight outcomes, diet quality, prevention of increase in lifestyle diseases, staying healthy rather than treating illnesses.  In addition, the syllabus provides additional opportunity for access to an advanced standing in existing tertiary level education programmes, to allow graduates to enter the world of work and be better prepared to pursue a wide range of contemporary careers related to diet, fitness and well-being.

The syllabus consists of two Units, each containing three Modules. Students are required to choose ONE of the TWO Options in Unit 2.

Unit 1:  Fundamentals of Food and Nutrition

Module 1          –          Principles of Nutrition and Health

Module 2          –          Food Selection and Planning

Module 3          –          Food Preparation and Service

Unit 2A:     Nutritional Science

Module 1          –          Application of Nutritional Science in everyday life

Module 2          –          Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs

Module 3          –          Nutrition throughout the Lifecycle

Unit 2A:     Food Preparation and Technology

Module 1          –          Caribbean Food Ways and Food Systems

Module 2          –          Food Management and Technology

Module 3          –          Food Preparation and Service