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A course to teach sensory science for use at GCSE/National 5 level

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How we perceive food
60 minutes
This is a module about our senses and how we perceive food products.
The reason for sensory evaluation
30 minutes
This short module explains what sensory evaluation is used for, and who performs it.
Sensory tests
60 minutes
This module provides a description of sensory tests and resources that can be used to perform them in schools.

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/National 5 specifications may be taught.

This course covers:

  • Module 1: How we perceive food
  • Module 2: The reason for sensory evaluation
  • Module 3: Sensory tests

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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We would like to extend our thanks to Ken Spears for providing technical advice and suggested content. Ken is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and An Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University.

Certification details

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