Child Development & Care

Why study Child Development?

This qualification provides the opportunity to gain vocational qualifications that give an introduction to the Childcare sector. It will be of interest to those who are considering a career with children in the Education, Health or Social Work Sector. It includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings.

What is this course worth in GCSEs?

Over two years learners will study for two separate qualifications which are worth 2 GCSE’s equivalent grade A*-D.

How will I be assessed?

During Y10 assessment is via two internally assessed graded Assessment Tasks and an externally assessed Multiple Choice Exam Paper.

The Award is graded from A* to D.

  • Candidates will have a maximum of two attempts at this exam paper.


During Year 11 learners will study for a BTEC Level 2 award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development which involves:

Unit 1: Promoting Children’s Development through Play (Internal assessment)

Unit 2: The Principles of Early Years Practice (Internal assessment)

Patterns of Child Development (External assessment, a written paper-based test, featuring objective questions, short-answer questions and extended writing questions)
NB. There is no practical placement with this course.

What will I learn?

During Year 10 learners will study for the CACHE Level 2 award which involves:

Unit 1 Unit 2
The variety of settings that are available for children The physical, communication, intellectual, social, emotional and behavioural development of children from birth to 5 years.
The expectations of placements including appropriate dress, behaviour, timekeeping and positive attitudes
The importance of treating children with fairness and equality