Using the literature on nutrition, students critically examine factors that influence food choices and reflect on local, national, indigenous and/or global issues related to the study of nutrition.

About the subject

The exploration of short-term and long-term strategies to address these issues should allow students to become more discriminating and informed as consumers who are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

The study of Nutrition encourages students to think about the role of nutrition in their own futures and more broadly, about its importance in social, ecomonic and cultural development in Australia and the rest of the world.

Course content

Good nutrition is integral to a healthy and active life, and it is important that accurate information is made available to individuals and communities. Students of nutrition investigate up-to-date scientific information on the role of nutrients in the body as well as social and environmental issues related to nutrition. Students integrate scientific knowledge and skills gained in their study of nutrition and apply them to designing and carrying out investigations that explore the links between food, health and diet related disease.

For a 20-credit subject, students undertake the study of all four core topics and one option topic.

Core Topics

  • Core Topic 1: The Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
  • Core Topic 2: Diet, Lifestyle, and Health
  • Core Topic 3: Food Selection and Dietary Evaluation
  • Core Topic 4: Food, Nutrition, and the Consumer.

Option Topics

  • Option Topic 1: Global Nutrition and Ecological Sustainability
  • Option Topic 2: Global Hunger.

Students wishing to complete Stage 2 Nutrition should have achieved at least a C level pass in Stage 1 Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology or Physics.


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Investigations Folio40%
Skills and Applications Tasks30%
External Assessment 

Information on the External Assessment

Students undertake a 2-hour external examination, which is divided into two parts.

Part 1 consists of short-answer and analytical questions that enable students to apply their learning in a variety of contexts related to the core topics and investigation skills.

In Part 2 students choose one extended-response question, which is related to the option topics.

The examination will be graded by external assessors with reference to performance standards.

Performance Standards

The Nutrition Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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