Child Development - Cambridge National Certificate

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The OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Child  Development closely follows the size and format of a GCSE, as well as including topics such as internet safety.

In order to complete Units 2 and 3 and apply the knowledge learnt, students choosing this option will need to have regular access throughout the course to a child aged between one and four years old.




Unit 1 underpins all the other learning in this qualification.  Topics covered will include  reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal and postnatal care, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety.  This unit is assessed by an exam taken at the end of Year 10.


Unit 2 covers knowledge about the equipment  needed for babies and young children and what  factors need to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment. Students will also be taught about nutrition and hygiene practices and dietary choices. This unit will form a piece of coursework to be undertaken in Year 11.


Unit 3 will involve students in developing activities and observing the development norms in children up to five years old. This will give them an understanding of the development norms and the benefits of play in child development. This unit will be assessed in a piece of coursework completed during Year 10.




50% exam and two internally assessed and externally  moderated pieces of coursework, each worth 25%.




This qualification enables students to progress to Further Education, apprenticeships or employment.

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