Child Development

Curriculum Leader: Mrs J Jones

Subject Teachers: Mrs J Jones


Children are our most valuable natural resource Herbert Hoover

Overall Purpose of the Subject - Summary:

This qualification focuses on the development of a child from conception to the age of five, developing knowledge and understanding in all aspects of child development.

Course Outline and Structure – Key Stage 4                               Exam Board: OCR

Across the two year course pupils will study topics such as Family and Parenting, Physical development and Community Support.  Whilst studying Child Development pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of human needs within society as well as being able to evaluate choices and decisions humans make as consumers.  This course is broken down into different sections allowing pupils to gain a broad knowledge about a wide variety of practical and theoretical topics.

Assessment Method - Key Stage 4

The assessment is divided into three areas:

Child Development Short Task (30% of the total GCSE marks).  One of the tasks must be an investigative task and the other two are practical tasks.  (7 hours per task)

Child Study Task: One task worth 30% of the total GCSE marks.  The child studied must be aged 0-5 years.

Examination – 1 ½ hour written exam worth 40% of the total marks

Key Websites to support learning / useful resources:

  • OCR Child Development textbook
  • Lonsdale Revision Guide Book for Child Development

Click here for information about the National Curriculum for Child Development

Subject Documents Date  
Child Development.pdf 19th Mar 2018 Download
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