Wellcome to the Science of Food and Health

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The process of cooking and preparing food is an application of science: cooking is a form of chemistry and the kitchen becomes our laboratory. Cookery is based around molecules. The structure of a molecule controls how it behaves and when mixed with other molecules and heated or chilled it changes how a food may look or taste. The science behind cooking also involves microbiology, because we have to work safely to ensure we do not cross contaminate foods and cause illness. We eat and drink to live, so why not gain an understanding of the basic principles of chemical processes as we cook our food and understand how to stay healthy?

Course aim

Learn how food science is vital to health and understand the science behind cooking and preparing of food through the creation of different dishes. We will explore the processes, risks and environmental factors involved.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Complete independent research to understand the origin and work of The Wellcome Trust.
  • Explain the impact of temperature on storing and preparing food safely: fridge and freezer temperatures; the internal temperature of cooked food; and how to cook leftover food safely.
  • Identify the risk factors for food cross contamination and recognise how to prepare, handle and store foods safely.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the environmental impact of plastic packaging and food waste.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Arrive 10 minutes before the class begins. Bring a kitchen apron

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • To research online what the Wellcome Trust is about.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • We recommend that students considering a career in the food industry should also enrol in our Introduction to Food Safety in the Kitchen, which gives students a good real-world understanding of Food Safety in a professional kitchen.

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Wellcome to the Science of Food and Health

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Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

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Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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