Child Development

child-developmentSubject Team:  Lesley Taylor

General subject statement:

Child Development is a subject currently delivered to GCSE.  The specifications for this qualification change for 2016/17, so the current Year 11 are the last group completing this qualification.


Subject statement:

Child Development is a subject which is particularly valuable for any young person considering working in the health, social or educational sectors.

Exam board:  OCR

Overview of topics covered:

  • Areas of Development ages 0-5 – Physical (growth, gross motor and fine manipulation skills, sensory development), Intellectual (language, cognition and play), Emotional and Social
  • The family and Society
  • Safety and childhood illnesses

Exam information:  This qualification is assessed by four controlled assignments and an examination:

  • Short Task 1:  Factsheet – Ensuring a Healthy Pregnancy (20 marks)
  • Short Task 2:  Magazine article – Feeding Baby:  Breast versus Bottle (20 marks)
  • Short Task 3:  Investigation – comparing commercial and home made baby foods (20 marks)
  • Child Study (4):  Longitudinal study of a 0-5 year old relating to an area of development (60 marks)

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