Child Development

Key Stage 4


GCSE Child Development is a vocational option subject. Students choose this option if they have an interest in working with children and are interested in all areas of child development. Students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of child development in key areas such as physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and needs in a variety of contexts.

The skills and knowledge acquired will be relevant and transferable to other settings, enhancing career opportunities and providing a stepping stone to progress to further study in the subject area of social care and early years.

Modules covered in Year 10 and 11 include:

  • Parenthood
  • Pregnancy
  • Diet, health and care of the child
  • Development of the child
  • Support for the parent and child

Students complete two coursework pieces (60% of their overall mark) which include a child study and a research task. In Year 11 students take a written exam which is worth 40% of their overall mark. 

Examination Board

AQA exam board

% Components

40% Child Study, 20% Research Task and 40% written exam.