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KS4 Child Care

OCR GCSE Home Economics: Child Development

The OCR GCSE Child Development course offers a flexible and practical approach to learning to suit a broad range of students. This qualification focuses on the development of a child from conception to the age of five and enables students to build knowledge and understanding by exploring all aspects of child development over two academic years. The qualification aims to inspire and prepare students for further study and support career choices in child care.

The course is made up of three mandatory units. In the first unit, students will complete three short tasks related to child development. In the second unit, students will complete a study of a child aged 0-5 years in a longer task based coursework project. The tasks for this qualification are set by the examination board and require students to research, plan, investigate and evaluate a given theme or set tasks such as making a book for a child. Finally, unit three covers principles of child development and is assessed through a written examination. Students will learn about family and parenting, preparation for pregnancy and birth, physical development, intellectual, emotional and social development, as well as nutrition and health.

The course will be assessed in the following ways:

Unit 1: Child Development Short Tasks: Controlled Assessment – 60 marks – 30%.

Unit 2: Child Study Task: Controlled Assessment – 60 marks – 30 %.

Unit 3: Principles of Child Development – 1 hour 30 minutes written paper – 80 marks – 40%.