Child Development is a GCSE option subject and is studied for 5 hours per fortnight in Years 9 ans 10 and 4 hours in Year 10. The GCSE grade awarded is made up of 3 units; a written examination (worth 40%), the Research Task (20%) and the Child Study (40%).
Pupils can proceed into Higher Education to study nursing (including midwifery), social work, youth work or teacher training. Others can go on to pursue careers as nursery workers, nannies and child minders.
The subject content of this specification can be divided into the following sections:
Diet, health and care of the child
Development of the child
Support for the parent and child
This content covers many topics from the nature of the family, and the stages of pregnancy from conception to birth. Pupils will be able to study the wider care of the developing child; looking at ways in which the child develops and possible factors that may affect this development.
Homework is an important part of the course and pupils are provided with a revision guide and workbook for this purpose. Work is assessed to GCSE criteria.
The course follows the AQA GCSE specification and consists of 3 units (one tier of assessment) as follows:
Unit 1: Written exam paper (carries 40% of final grade)
Unit 2: Research Task (carries 20% of final grade)
Unit 3: Child Study (carries 40% of final grade)
This is a study of a single child under the age of 5.
During this course, learners will have the opportunity to experience our ‘Virtual Baby Programme'. This parenting simulation is designed to help young adults understand the challenge of caring for a newborn baby.