Child Development

To inspire students in preparation for their futures, through an engaging and challenging choice of vocational subjects that provide students with high aspiration, personal skills and course specific knowledge.


Key Stage 4

This qualification is for learners who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in child development. It is designed with both practical and theoretical elements, which will prepare students for further qualifications in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology and Biology.

Through an exam, classroom work and a research project.

The exam is at the end of Year 11 and focuses on the development of a baby from preconception planning till they are 1 years old.

Units Assessment Method Percentage of Course

Health and well-being for child development Exam 50%

Understanding the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years Classroom work 25%

Understand the development of a child from birth to five years Research project 25%

The classroom work and research project focus on the development of a baby to a 5 year old and the practical challenges of child care, both from a parents and a professional’s point of view.

Useful Website Links:

Gives context to the content covered in the course. Outlines health and social careers.

This web page outlines the specification of the course and has links for external resources.

An academic research based website about the development of children. A good resource for studying this course.