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Child Development

Head of Department - Mrs K Coles

Upper School

To be offered from September 2018

Child Development

Cambridge National Certificate Level 1/2

Exam Board: OCR

Outline of Subject

This is a new accredited qualification and will develop and apply your knowledge and practical skills in Child Development.  This course will be relevant to those who aspire to work with children, nursing, midwifery, social work and teaching, both Primary and Secondary. You will study; health and well-being for child development, understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years and understand the development norms of a child from birth to five years.

Course Content

Year Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
10 In the first term, you will be taught the knowledge that underpins all of the other learning in this qualification. You will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development. In unit 2, you 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. You will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be given the opportunity to evaluate dietary choices. As Term 2
11 In unit 3 you 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. As Term 1 You will revisit the content from unit 1 in preparation for the examination, revising and using examination preparation techniques.

Skill Development

In this course, you will cover reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, care, and conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety.  You will be able to understand about nutritional and hygiene needs of children. You will develop an understanding of the impact of play on the developmental norms of a child. This course will develop your researching, planning, observing and evaluating skills. Knowledge gained would be of use for further studies in PHSE, Biology and other Child Development qualifications.


The course consists of three units: one examined and two internally assessed and externally moderated, comprising 50% for the exam and 25% for the other two units.

Unit 1 - Health and well-being for child development (externally assessed- 50% of the course)

Unit 2 - Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from 0-5 years (internally assessed- 25% of the course)

Unit 3 - Understand the development of a child from 0-5 years (internally assessed- 25% of the course)

Additional Information

The knowledge and understanding of the subject content will be assessed in all three units.  This Level 1/2 Award is a non-EBacc subject and is ideally suited to learners with a preference for practical, in addition to, theoretical learning. This is a vocational qualification and fulfils entry requirements for academic and vocational study post-16, and will count as equivalent to one GCSE. Level 2 = A*-C of the old GCSE.