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What are the aims of the course?

To increase students’ knowledge and understanding of all areas of child development including pregnancy and factors which affect the young child.

What topics will I study?

Parenthood and pregnancy, physical development, nutrition and health, intellectual, social and emotional development. The family and the community.

What skills will I develop?

Researching, analysing, planning, observing, understanding and evaluating relevant areas of the subject.

What examination will I take?

OCR. G.C.S.E. “Child Development”

What is involved with the examination?

A written examination 1.5hrs - 40%

What controlled assessment will I have to complete?

Controlled Assessment - 60%
One research task- which is based on the syllabus and one long and detailed project called “Child Study” based on the study of a child or children. Students will be responsible for finding their own child to study.

What independent study will I have to undertake?

A large section of this GCSE requires on-going individual independent study.

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?

A grounding for the following qualifications: - NVQ’s in “Early Years Care & Education”; NVQ’s in “Playwork Level 2-4”; CACHE “Certificate in Child Care & Education”; CACHE “Diploma in Nursery Nursing”; BTEC “National Diploma in Childhood Studies”. Some of these qualifications could lead to employment in playgroups, day nurseries and private nanny/family help. Others could lead to careers in nursing, teaching and other related professions.

What are the special features of the course?

Special features of the course include outside speakers such as mothers accompanied by their babies, school nurse and representatives from organisations will be invited to talk to students. Some visits to playgroup and toddler groups are also included. Students will be given the opportunity of taking home overnight a ‘Real Care Baby’ to get a snapshot of the responsibilities and hard work of parenthood