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This Child Development qualification is for students aged 14-16 who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in child development.


All students will study three mandatory topics:
Health and well-being for child development.
This unit aims to provide you with an overview of the roles and responsibilities of parenthood with an understanding of reproduction and pre-conceptual, antenatal and postnatal care. You will understand the importance of creating a child-friendly home environment, including social safety and the care, management and prevention of childhood illnesses
Understanding the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years.
This unit allows you to investigate the different equipment and nutritional requirements of children from birth to five years.
Understanding the development of a child from birth to five years.
You’ll get the opportunity to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This unit includes researching, planning and carrying out activities with children and reviewing outcomes/ observations. You should learn how to demonstrate the understanding of development norms and the benefit of play in a child’s development.


Exam Board: OCR
R018: Written paper (1 hour and 15 minutes – 80 marks) 50%
This paper will cover topics such as; parenthood responsibilities, contraception, reproduction, antenatal care, health, labour and delivery, postnatal care, childhood illness and child safety.
Two Centre assessed units of work with practical task assessment opportunities. (RO19 and R020). Both worth 25% each.
R019: – OCR moderated (25%)- Knowledge and understanding of the equipment needs of babies and young children and the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment to meet all needs.
R020: – OCR moderated (25%)-Understanding the development of a child from birth to five years.

Legacy Specification – Year 11 only


This GCSE is studied for 5 hours per fortnight. It consists of two controlled assessments. A research task in Year 10, which will account for 20% of the final GCSE grade. In Year 11, students will complete a Child Study which has a 40% weighting and an exam which contains a range of question styles from all of the topics studies during the course, which also has a 40% weighting.
During the course you will study the following topics:
Diet, health and care of the child
Development of the child
Support for the parent and child
Aims of the course
To understand how life begins and a child develops and changes throughout their childhood
To develop an understanding of human needs within society including how we can help to provide a safe environment for children
To have knowledge of relevant technological and scientific developments in reproduction and child health care
To develop a critical approach to decision making
To examine issues that affect the quality of human life


It is advisable to purchase a text book which will help with revision and tips on how to complete controlled assessment.
Collins GCSE Home Economics Child Development Janet Stearns and Mark Walsh ISBN:9780007350568
If you are considering teaching, Midwifery or the Child Care profession, this is an ideal building block for you.