Children’ Care Learning and Development
The exam board for this course is WJEC. This is a GCSE.
No specific requirement for this course is necessary but having access to a child under 5 is an advantage for the child study.
This course comprises of three components.
• Unit 1: Principles of Child Development. This a 1 ½ hour written paper which is externally marked worth 40% (80 marks).
• Unit 2: Child Study. A 15 hour controlled assessment 30% (60 marks). Investigating the physical development of a child under 5. Internally assessed and externally moderated.
• Unit 3: Child Focused Task: A 15 hour controlled assessment 30% (60 marks). Includes researching, planning, making a toy to promote social interaction or prepare a meal to encourage the child to try multicultural foods. Internally assessed and externally moderated.
Child Development provides students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and to manage a range of resources in order to develop an understanding to the needs of individuals or families, and recognise the influence of current trends, the economy and technological change.
This course promotes an understanding of the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of the child which is inter-linked through the study of a child, family and community including the responsibilities of parenthood.
Ms Hale Deputy Curriculum Lead for Science
Skills, Knowledge, Understanding/Topics covered:
This course develops independent working and how to articulate own opinions. It builds up confidence in skills such as questioning, evaluating and comparing information.
This is a two year course. Starting with the Child Study unit 2 and the Child Focused Task, this enables students to concentrate on their exam component and feel confident before taking the GCSE. Year 10: At the end of each half term students will sit a test using past exam papers. This information is used for their reports. They will then complete Unit 2. This is a child study focusing on the development of a child. 15 hour controlled assessment. This will take place during the spring term.
Year 11: At the end of each half term students will sit a test using past exam papers. This information is used for their reports. They will then complete Unit 3. This is a child focused task to plan and make a selection of dishes that will add variety to the diet of a young child. 15 hour controlled assessment. This will take place during the autumn term.
Enrichment is run after school on a number of evenings when students are available from other areas. Enrichment will be run for those whom are behind in coursework during holidays when or if necessary and exam revision offered after school and during holidays for those who wish to secure their grade.
Links to useful websites
GCSE Child Development Revision Guide Paperback – 14 Dec 2011
by CGP Books (Author, Editor)