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KEY STAGE 4 (OCR Cambridge National Level 1/2 Certificate Child Development)

​Students will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks and care​​​.

Students will then become familiar with equipment needs of babies and young children, factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment to meet the needs of children up to the age of five, nutritional needs, hygiene practices and evaluating dietary choices.


The course comprises 3 units, 2 centre assessed units and the terminal exam. These units cover:

  • The importance of preconception health and reproduction, antenatal care and preparation for birth (40% of the final grade)

  • Creating a safe environment and understand the nutritional needs of children from birth to five years old (30% of the final grade)

  • Understanding the development of a child from one to five years (30% of the final grade). The scenario for this task is set by the exam board and is updated every year.


All coursework must be completed and submitted for assessment before the terminal exam in the summer of Year 11.


KEY STAGE 5 (BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Child’s Play, Learning and Development)

The  two-year programme builds on the skills acquired at GCSE and gives an introduction to study of the sector. It is intended as an Applied General qualification, and is equivalent in size to one A Level. 


The course comprises 4 units, 2 of which are externally assessed (May of Year 12) and 2 internally assessed (Year 13). Topics covered are: 

• children’s development 

• communication and numeracy 

• play and learning

• physical development, care and health needs.


The qualification has been designed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to provide a course that is appropriate for those interested in working in the sector and as well as the various units, learners will complete 50 hours’ work experience in an early years setting of their choice.

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