Home Economics: Child Development


The course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of an individual’s needs whether they are a parent or a child. Students will be looking at how a child develops from before they are conceived, throughout their mother’s pregnancy and then through their first five years. They will consider the physical development, cognitive and language development of a child as well as their social and emotional development. They will learn about the importance of toys, books and technology, feeding and health issues, safety in the home and outside and the roles that people play in supporting and shaping how a child develops.                                                                                                                                   

Course Outline

e.g. This is a two year GCSE course which consists of five units.

            * parenthood

            * pregnancy

            * diet, health and care of a child          

            * development of the child                                                      

            * support for the parent and child


Unit 1 is assessed by a written examination paper of 1 hour 30 minutes. It is worth 100 marks and 40% of the overall marks.

There will be 6—8 questions with a mixture of question styles.

Unit 2 Controlled Assessment – this is a research task, it will be classroom based, taking about 7 hours. It is worth 30 marks which is 20% of the final mark.

Unit 3 Controlled Assessment – this is a Child study. It will be classroom based although it will depend upon four observations of a child under 5. It will take about 20 hours and is worth 60 marks which is 40% of the final mark.

Examining Board


Special Entry Requirements

Students undertaking this course will need to have a genuine interest in children and additionally will need to have access to a child under 5 years old by the end of the course.

Students will need to be able to undertake research and work independently on the assessment pieces.

Career Opportunities

This course is great preparation for a range of careers in heath, social care and early year’s settings. The skills and knowledge developed are easily transferable to a range of post 16 opportunities with further progression into employment in a range of occupational areas for example in nurseries, pre-schools, hospitals and health centres.

Teaching Methods

Over the two-week timetable you will have five lessons of one hour each. The majority of lessons will be classroom based. Some lessons will be of a more practical nature, some will be based on evidence collected at home.

You will be given advice and guidance on how to prepare for the controlled assessments and the written examination. You will need to be prepared for the lessons so that you can have the best chance of success.

Other information

There will be the opportunity for a work placement in Year 10.

How is the course graded


How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (