Curriculum

 

Child Development (GCSE)

Key Stage 4

Information

GCSE Child Development is a vocational option subject. Students choose this option if they have an interest in working with children and are interested in all areas of child development. Students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of child development in key areas such as physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and needs in a variety of contexts.

The skills and knowledge acquired will be relevant and transferable to other settings, enhancing career opportunities and providing a stepping stone to progress to further study in the subject area of social care and early years.

Units covered in Year 10 and 11 include:

Parenthood

Pregnancy

Diet, health and care of the child

Development of the child

Support for the parent and child

Students complete two coursework pieces (60% of their overall mark) which include a child study and a research task. In Year 11 students take a written exam which is worth 40% of their overall mark.

Examination Board

AQA exam board

% Components

40% Child Study, 20% Research Task and 40% written exam.

 

CACHE Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care (VRQ)

Full time course

Course summary

This qualification provides the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the sector. It includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings. It is aimed at individuals who wish to be introduced to childcare and development for children aged 0-5 years.

What will I study?

This qualification consists of 3 units: two graded A*- D assessed by a graded Assessment Task. You must achieve three units: 

Unit 1: An introduction to working with children aged 0-5 years

Unit 2: Development and well-being 0-5 years

Unit 3: Child care and development 0-5 years

Maths and English:

You will re-sit your GCSE Maths and English.

What do I need to join?

You should have an interest in working with children.

How long is the course?

The course lasts for one year.

How will I learn?

A range of teaching methods will be used including: writing, reading, discussions, presentations and work products.

How will I know how I am doing?

You will receive a minimum of four one to one tutorials with your tutor. You will have feedback on your assessment within a maximum of two weeks and you will have informal feedback in lessons.

What can I do next?

If you complete the course you can progress on to CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care.

What are my career opportunities?

This is an intermediate programme to support you in preparing for your 'next steps' either in training at an advanced level or moving towards working in a childcare setting.

After achieving a Level 3 qualification you will be able to work with children unsupervised in numerous settings, such as, schools, nurseries, crèches, child-minding, becoming a nanny or in hospitals.

Entry requirements:

GCSE English.

CACHE Level 3 Award Certificate and Diploma in Childcare and Education

Full time course

Course summary

This qualification will show that you have been trained to the highest of standards, equipping you with the best early years training available. This qualification will provide you with the licence to practice and the status of being an Early Years Educator.

This qualification prepares you to work unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity, with children and their families in a variety of settings, with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

What will I study?

Unit 1: Child development from conception to seven years

Unit 2: Children's health and well-being

Unit 3: Providing safe environments for children

Unit 4: Child health

Unit 5: Play and learning

Unit 6: Understanding children's additional needs

Unit 7: Observation, assessment and planning

Unit 8: Professional Practice Portfolio 1

Unit 9: Supporting emergent literacy

Unit 10: Supporting emergent mathematics

Unit 11: Preparing for school readiness

Unit 12: International perspectives

Unit 13: Reflective practice for professional development

Unit 14: Professional partnerships in early years

Unit 15: Professional Practice Portfolio 2

Maths and English:

Maths and English GCSE grade C is an entry requirement. Maths and English will be embedded in the course to continue development.

Work Experience:

Placement in a variety of Early Year's settings is required to achieve this qualification. Placements must cover the following age ranges...

 

Hours

Age Range

Certificate

Diploma

0–1 year 11 months

25

25

2–2 years 11 months

130

130

3–5 years

170

170

Specialised placement such as 5-7 years

40

60

What do I need to join?

You should have an interest in working with children.

How long is the course?

The course lasts for 2 years, 3 days in school and 2 days per week on placement.

How will I learn?

A range of teaching methods will be used including: writing, reading, discussions and presentations. You will also be observed and assessed in a real work environment. Your work placement allows for practical experience, learning from your supervisors and children.

How will I know how I am doing?

You will receive a minimum of four one to one tutorials with your tutor. You will have feedback on your assessment within a maximum of two weeks and you will have informal feedback in lessons.

What can I do next?

The CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education prepares learners to progress to the CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education and then on to the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (VRQ).

The Diploma will enable you to gain the knowledge and experience needed to allow you to work with children from birth to 5 years. From here you can enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or access Higher Education to study Childhood Studies or Primary Teaching.

What are my career opportunities?

The award and certificate do not qualify you to work with children and young people. After completing diploma you will be able to work with children unsupervised in numerous settings, you could work in the following roles:

Special educational needs support worker Practitioner in day nurseries

Practitioner in nursery schools

Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools

Pre-school worker

Home based childcare Nanny

Entry requirements:

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English.