Child Development


 Head of Department: Miss. L Binks

Qualification achievable




Core or Option

Option Subject

Head of Department

Mrs L Binks


What will I study & how is the course organised?

This course allows you to investigate the importance of a child’s first 5 years of life. Our experiences in early childhood shape the rest of our lives and influence our physical and intellectual development, how we use language, how we deal with our emotions and how we interact with the people around us.  You will learn how to link theory to practice in the form of a child study carried out over a period of a year.


The main areas we investigate are:

         ·            Parenthood and pregnancy.

         ·            Physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social development.

         ·            Nutrition and health.

         ·            The role of the family and the wider community.



How is the course assessed?

         ·            40% examination

         ·            60% coursework


Where might it lead?

This is an ideal course to prepare for more specialised study in this sector. Child Development GCSE is a recognised GCSE to equip students with the appropriate skills necessary for any Level 3 (post-16) programme of study.


Career progression includes Higher Education courses in Early Years Teaching, Psychology and Sociology or employment within the many areas of the Early Years sector.