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Child Development (GCSE)

Why choose Child Development?

The Child Development course will offer an interesting and stimulating programme of study. Students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of human needs and to work in a variety of contexts. The skills and knowledge acquired will be relevant and transferable to other settings, enhancing career opportunities and providing a satisfying course of study for students who may not progress to further study of the subject. They also provide progression to Level 3 courses in both Child Development or Health and Social Care.


What will I study?

The specification content is delivered in six topics.

  • Family and parenting
  • Preparation for pregnancy and birth
  • Physical development
  • Nutrition and health
  • Intellectual, social and emotional development
  • Community support


How will be assessed?

The GCSE is made up of three mandatory units:

Unit B011: Child Development Short Tasks. These are internally assessed and externally moderated.
Students will submit three short tasks which are chosen from a list of tasks provided by OCR and these form 30% of the total GCSE marks. Two of the short tasks will assess the following skills: planning, practical work and evaluation. The third task will assess investigation skills. The three tasks should demonstrate different practical skills and knowledge.


Unit B012: Child Study Task. This is internally assessed and externally moderated.
Students will submit one individual task chosen from a list of themes provided by OCR and this forms 30% of the total GCSE marks. The child study task will assess the following skills: research, selecting and justifying choices, planning, practical work and evaluation.The child to be studied must be aged 0-5 years and can be a relative or friend of the family.


Unit B013: Principles of Child Development. This is externally assessed. 
This forms 40% of the total of GCSE marks. Students will be required to answer five compulsory questions, including short answers, picture stimulus, data response, structured and free-response formats. Questions on the examination paper will cover all aspects of the specification content.

The Examining Board used for GCSE Child Development is OCR. More details of the exam specification may be obtained from the website: (follow the links to GCSE Home Economics – Child Development).