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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School

Child Development

Head of Department: Hannah Edwards (Contact)


Key Stage 4

Child Development is taught at KS4 as a vocational option or technical award. There is one tier of assessment, with covers all the grades from Distinction* to a pass grade.

This specification aims to attract candidates to study Child Development by offering an interesting and stimulating programme of study. Candidates will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of human needs in a diverse society 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 candidates who may, or may not wish to progress to further study of the subject.
The skills and knowledge acquired will also provide progression to GCE Health and Social Care qualifications

This course will consist of:

  • Unit 1- Written Paper
    1 Hour 30 mins. – 100 Marks – worth 40% of the final grade.
    6-8 compulsory questions comprised of short answer, structured and free response questions. Some questions may include stimulus material.
  • Unit 2- Research Task
    Completed in the classroom within 7 hours of supervised time – worth 30 marks – 20% of the final grade.
  • Unit 3- Child Study
    Completed in the classroom within approx. 20 hours of supervised time – worth 60 marks – 40% of the final grade.

For further information please visit the OCR website