At Key Stage 4 pupils have the option to chose an exciting and stimulating course studying Child Development. Pupils will follow a programme of study which will develop their knowledge and understanding of the development of a baby and child up to the age of five years old.
The areas of study in Year 10 will include: family life, role of the family and the expectations of parenthood. An in-depth study into the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of the child are studied, which is in preparation for the Child Study task. This is a controlled assessment task (i.e. coursework), which is started in the Spring term in Year 10, and accounts towards 40% of the final GCSE grade.
In Year 11, the topics to be covered are: pregnancy and birth, diet, health and care of the child, and support for the parents and family. A further controlled assessment is undertaken in Year 11 (20%), with a final examination taking place in the second year of study (40%).
Pupils will undertake a range of theory, practical and group work activities, and a considerable amount of IT produced work will be expected. This course is ideal for pupils who wish to choose a career in childcare, nursery nursing, midwifery or early years teaching.