What are the aims of the course?
This qualification is for students aged 14-16 who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in child development.
What is the content of the course?
Unit 1 – Examination in January of Year 11 with a potential re-sit if required in June
OCR-set and marked – 50%
1 hour and 15 minutes – 80 marks
The first unit underpins all of the other 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, care and conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety.
Unit 2- Centre assessed coursework tasks
OCR moderated - 25%
Approx. 60 marks
In Unit 2, 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.
Centre assessed coursework tasks
OCR moderated -25%
Approx. 60 marks
In Unit 3, 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.
What can it lead onto?
This course is for any student who wishes to work with people in the future. It will be very beneficial for students who wish to work with children; midwives, nursery workers, social workers, nurses, teachers etc. but the skills learnt will be of benefit for any walk of life.
You must have regular access to a young child who is still under the age of five by the end of the course. Failure to do this will impact on the final grade of the course.