This qualification focuses on the development of a child from conception to the age of five, developing knowledge and understanding in all aspects of child development.
GCSE Course Content
The course consists of 60% coursework and a 40% written exam paper. The course is made up of 3 Units:
Underpins all of the learning in this qualification. All students will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, new born baby checks, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. (40%)
Students will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment to meet all of these needs. They will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be given the opportunity to evaluate dietary choices. (30%)
Students will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This unit will include researching, planning, carrying out activities with children and observing and reviewing these activities, as well as an understanding of the development norms and the benefits of play in child development. (30%)
Projects you will complete:
- Family and parenting
- Preparation for pregnancy and birth
- Physical development
- Nutrition and health
- Intellectual, social and emotional development
- Community support
To do well in this option you should:
- Have an interest in working with children.
- Be interested in all areas of child development.
- Be interested in the socialisation of the family and the local community.
Education, Nursery Nursing, Medical Field, Nursing, Doctor, Midwifery, Health Visitor, Teaching, Child Care, Social Work and the Caring Professions