Approach to Teaching
In this GCSE course, students will be able to increase their own knowledge and understanding of human needs in a diverse society. Skills and knowledge acquired will be relevant and transferable to real life situations.
Pupils will listen to guest speakers and watch appropriate DVDs.
Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)
Child Development is not currently available for KS3 pupils.
Key Stage 4 content / exam board / spec (Year 10-11)
Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development
The new Level 1 & 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development closely follows the format of the old GCSE Child Development course and is recognised by all 16-19 college providers as progression to A Level, Further Education, apprenticeship or work. It is equivalent to a GCSE. Cambridge Nationals are designed to allow students the freedom to explore more deeply the things that interest them. The teaching of the qualification will normally be through practical work, learning skills and how to do things that may be relevant to the world of work. This course is for students who wish to develop an applied knowledge and practical skills in child development. It is particularly useful for those wishing to study for child centred courses at post 16.
Students will develop knowledge and an understanding of the overall needs of young children and the social and environmental influences that affect their social, emotional, physical and intellectual development in a changing and multicultural society. It is a practical and a theoretical course where the principles learned are applied to the study of a child’s development. The child is studied from conception to the age of five.
Study will focus on the following areas
Reproduction, Parental responsibility, Antenatal care, Birth, Postnatal checks and care, Conditions for development, Childhood illnesses, Child safety and equipment, Nutrition in relation to childhood diet, Health and hygiene
One written examination 50%
There are two pieces of internally assessed and externally moderated assignments both worth 25%. The assignment titles are set by the exam board.
All students will start on the same programme, with their final mark determining which award they achieve: Level 1 or Level 2.
There are seven grades to achieve – Pass, Merit and Distinction at Level 1, Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* at Level 2.
It is a particularly good course for those wishing to study, Child Care, Health and Social Care or for careers such as Teacher, Social Worker, Nurse, Doctor, Teaching Assistant or Counsellor.