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  • Key Stage 4


    Why study child development?
    The answer is decision making. Using what we know and observe about children's development guides our decisions about their environment, their activities and how we interact with them. The skills and knowledge acquired in lessons will be relevant and transferable to other settings, enhancing career opportunities. The information we have today about child development comes from a wide variety of sources. Today's knowledge comes from studies in psychology, sociology, linguistics, health, anthropology, history and education. This may sound overwhelming, but it serves as a reminder of how important it is to be constantly watching children to learn about their development.
    What areas would you study?
    You will study a number of different topics including parenthood, pregnancy, health and development of the child, and support for the parent and child. Through these topics you will develop an understanding of how to plan for a family, prepare for birth and care for a baby when it arrives. The development of the child physically, socially and intellectually is also an important part of the course.
    How do you learn?
    Child development offers an interesting and stimulating programme of study. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of human needs in a diverse society and to work in a variety of contexts. You will learn independent study skills; how to carry out primary and secondary research; development of your ICT presentation skills and communication skills, through taught lessons, case studies and project work.
    How are you assessed?
    All students will begin by studying for a GCSE. During the first term students will be assessed, and some may be advised to enter for the entry level certificate which is more accessible to students.
    GCSE: 60 % coursework; 40% examination
    Entry level: 100% coursework - 50% externally set and 50% teacher set
    Where will this take me post-16?
    The child development course can lead to further study at post-16 in health and social care. This can lead to degrees in psychology, sociology, linguistics, health, anthropology, history and education. It could lead to many job roles working with children, or in care professions, including nursery supervisor, pre-school leader, special educational needs support worker, nursing and teaching.