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Child Development GCSE at Christ The King College

Course description

The GCSE Child Development course is directed at students who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding about families, pregnancy and how a child develops –physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually from conception up to the age of a 5 year old child.

Course content

The course content is divided into six compulsory core areas of study which are continuously interrelated:
1 – Family and Child
2 – Food and Health
3 – Pregnancy
4 – Physical Development
5 – Intellectual Development
6 – Social & Emotional Development

Assessment

Unit 1: Principles of Child Development (40%) Written Paper: 1½ hours 80 marks One paper which will be externally set and marked and this is targeted at the full range of GCSE grades. The paper will contain short-answer, structured and free response questions drawn from all areas of the specification and will assess the quality of written communication.

Unit 2: Child Study (30%) Controlled Assessment 60 marks One task to be selected from a bank of three tasks set by WJEC, to include investigation and production focusing on a child's development. Duration: 15 hours to commence in the first half of the course. Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.

Unit 3: Child Focused Task (30%) Controlled Assessment 60 marks One task to be selected from a bank of two tasks set by WJEC, to include researching, planning, making and evaluating. Duration: 15 hours to commence in the second half of the course. Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.

Future opportunities

The specification provides a suitable basis for further study at 16+ offering progression on to academic and a variety of vocational courses including GCE Home Economics, GCE Health and Social Care,
National Diplomas/Certificates in Health Studies/Care Courses.
Progression routes to Careers and Employment may also be supported by this course;
these may include: Nursery Nurse, Playgroup Leader, Nanny, Teacher,
Learning Support Assistant, and Paediatric Nurse.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 07 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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