In Child Development at KS4 we aim to give pupils an opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the development and care of children from conception to the age of five years. It promotes an understanding of the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of the child which is linked through the study of the family, community and the responsibilities of parenthood.
Pupils will carry out classroom based learning in a number of ways; pupils will be expected to participate fully in a wide variety of interesting tasks and activities. They should be prepared to carry out independent research and be involved in the planning, completion and evaluation of practical work
The course is assessed through course work which is broken down into three short tasks each worth 10% of the final grade and a child study worth 30% of the final grade. The pupil will need to have a child under the age of five to study. There is a written exam which is completed at the end of the course worth 40% of the final grade.
Extra-curricular activities in Child Development
There are opportunities for pupils to work after school on completion of work or there are occasions where they will be invited to course work sessions.
Where Child Development can take you
After completion of this course pupils can go into Higher Education to study nursing (including midwifery), social work, youth work or teacher training. Other choices can include careers as nursery workers, nannies, child minders etc.
This course is also useful for future life skills, as many pupils will go on to become parents.