Child Development

Course Information

Literacy ****
Numeracy *
Communication ****
Creativity ***
Practical ***
Group Work ****
Examination Assessment 50%
Non Examination Assessment 50%
EBacc x
Examination Board Cambridge Nationals
Course Level 1/2

General Information

This course is for pupils who want to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in Child Development.  The skills and knowledge acquired will be relevant to those who aspire to work with children, nursing, midwifery, social work and teaching, both Primary and Secondary.  It consists of two centre-assessed units (coursework, worth 50%) and an externally examined unit (worth 50%).  It provides a solid foundation for progression to further Health and Social Care studies. The course is beneficial to all as life skills training.  Cambridge Nationals provide a strong base for progression to Further Education, whether it is to Level 3 Cambridge Technical Awards or A Levels, apprenticeship or work.

In Year 10, pupils will prepare for their examination unit and build up knowledge and skills for their exam and in order to support their coursework elements.

In year 11, pupils will complete the coursework units whilst revising the exam content in preparation for the summer exams.

What will I need to succeed?

To ensure success in this subject, pupils will need to:

  • be able to manage high volume coursework with a strong literacy element and extended writing requirements;
  • have strong time-management skills in order to balance coursework requirements and meeting deadlines for submission whilst revising examination topics;
  • enjoy working on both theoretical and practical aspects of learning;
  • have access to a child between 18 months and four years old to observe;
  • have an interest in children and watching how they play and develop;
  • enjoy learning about all aspects of families and children up to the age of five.

Subject Content

Exam Unit (RO18)– Pupils will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for the health and well-being of children, covering the factors couples should consider before having children, contraception, reproduction, antenatal care, labour and delivery, postnatal checks, responsibilities of parenthood, conditions for development, childhood illness and child safety. 

Coursework Unit 1 (RO19) – Pupils will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment to meet all of these needs.  They will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be given the opportunity to evaluate dietary choices.  

Coursework Unit 2 (RO20) – Pupils will gain knowledge and skills in developmental norms and milestones in children up to the age of five as well as an understanding of the types and benefits of play in a child’s development.  This unit will include researching, planning and carrying out activities with a young child and observing and reviewing these activities to evaluate planning and execution (Child Study).

Where possible, conversations with child-care professionals and discussions with adults and their babies and young children, will form an integral part of the course.

Expected Assessment Requirements

Pass / Merit / Distinction at Level 1 and Level 2, equivalent to 1-9 Grades)

Course Content

The course consists of three units:

Unit 1 – Externally set examination (50%)

Unit 2 – Centre Assessed unit (externally moderated) 25%

Unit 3 – Centre Assessed unit (externally moderated) 25% 

What careers it can lead to after leaving Swanmore College

  • Courses such as Health & Social Care and Childcare, Childcare and Education, Childcare Early Years Educator
  • A levels such as Sociology, Biology, and Psychology
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Apprenticeships such as Early Years Childcare and Education, Health and Social Care
  • Careers in education (teaching in early years, primary or secondary settings, teaching assistant, educational psychology), childcare (nursery nursing, childminding, nannying), medicine (doctor, nurse, midwife), community work (police, social work, health and social care).


The deadlines below are important to allow the school enough time to check each pupils’ Option choices and prepare timetables for September. 

Please ensure that you return Options choices by the 19 March 2021.

Thursday 11 March 2021 Year 9 Parents Evening 4 pm – 7 pm
Monday 15 March 2021 Year 9 Options Evening
Friday 19 March 2021 Deadline for submission of Options Forms

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