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Functional properties of food

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An introductory food science course for secondary teachers

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45 minutes
This is a module about the functional properties of protein in food.
45 minutes
This is a module about the functional properties of carbohydrates in food.
45 minutes
This module provides an overview of the properties of fats in food.
Enzymic browning
15 minutes
This module provides a brief overview of enzymic browning and where it is undesirable and desirable in food.
Raising agents
25 minutes
This module teaches the basics of raising agents and how they are used in baked goods.

Complete the course to access the final assessment.

Course details

This course has been specifically created for secondary school food teachers. It will help to provide a foundation upon which the GCSE specification may be taught.

This course covers:

  • Module 1: Proteins
  • Module 2: Carbohydrates
  • Module 3: Fats
  • Module 4: Enzymic browning
  • Module 5: Raising agents

Each module includes a short test, providing you with feedback on your progress. 

On successful completion of a final assessment, a personalised BNF certificate is created. (The final assessment may be repeated). 

The course will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete but does not have to be completed all at once. You can complete the course at your own pace – there is no time limit.  

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Certification details

At the end of this course you will receive a personalised certificate of completion from the British Nutrition Foundation.