Year 11 students studying food technology had the opportunity to visit University College Birmingham, a leading university in Hospitality and Catering degree courses.
The students were welcomed with tea, coffee and pastries and their day began with a presentation on food product development, a vital part of the controlled assessment they are currently working on for their Food Technology GCSE.
The students were then given a tour of the University’s new food science laboratories and product development kitchens before taking part in sensory analysis tests in a factory replicated sensory testing room. Following a practical demonstration on food product development and food tasting the students enjoyed a complimentary lunch.
Finally the students were given a tour of other parts of the university including a brand new site and information on courses offered at the University was provided. The students were given a goody bag to take home and they have been invited back to explore and use the Food Science labs when they are up and running.
The students were accompanied by Mrs Wykes and Mrs Chiremba. She said: ‘Our students thoroughly enjoyed their visit to UCB particularly the sensory analysis. The whole experience was very worthwhile as they will be able to use what they have learnt to help them with their controlled assessment and this hands-on trip will enable them to remember vital information for their final exam next year. I knew the students would get a lot from spending time at UCB as I gained so much from my time studying at the University; the lecturers, courses and opportunities at UCB are second to none.’