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									GCSE HOME ECONOMICS
                       Child Development GCSE
                            Subject Information
This course is a must for anyone who knows they would like to work with children or
for those who simply want to learn about families, pregnancy and how a child
develops –physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually up to the age of 5 years
old.
There are 6 main areas of study:

• Section     1 – Family and child
• Section 2 – Food and Health
• Section 3 – Pregnancy
• Section 4 – Physical Development
• Section 5 – Intellectual Development
• Section 6 – Social and Emotional Development
• Contact with young children is essential
                     Child Development GCSE
                            Subject Information

                     SUMARY OF ASSESSMENT
Unit 1: Principles of Child Development (40%)
Written Paper: 1 ½ hours
80 marks (80 UMS)
One paper which will be externally set and marked, targeted at the full range of
GCSE grades.
The paper will contain short-answer, structured and free response questions drawn
from all areas of the specification and will assess the quality of written communication
Unit 2: Child Study (30%)
Controlled Assessment
60 marks (60 UMS)
One task to be selected from a bank of three tasks set by WJEC, to include
investigation and production focussing on a child's development
Duration: 15 hours to commence in the first half of the course.
Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.
Unit 3: Child focused Task (30%)
Controlled Assessment
60 marks (60 UMS)
One task to be selected from a bank of two tasks set by WJEC, to include
researching, planning, making and evaluating.
Duration: 15 hours to commence in the second half of the course.
Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.
                       Child Development GCSE
                            Subject Information
The required knowledge may be gained via the completion of work booklets,
Role-play activities e.g. discuss with a friend the dangers of smoking during
pregnancy; Games e.g. bingo, dominos, true or false statements; Watching
videos e.g. Teenage Mums and Practical Work e.g. Prepare meals suitable for a
pregnant woman. Outside speakers may also be used to deliver sensitive issues
such as Morality, Family Planning and Abortion.

SUGGESTED PATHWAY TRHOUGH SPECIFICATION

YEAR 10 – Term 1 (approximately 30/35 lessons)
In the main it is suggested that work is taken from core areas of study 3
and 4.
At the end of term a basic introduction to the PIES, i.e.. Core areas 4, 5 and
6. This is in preparation for the start of Unit 2, controlled assessment in the
January.

Year 10 – Term 2 (approximately 30 lessons)
Work this term should be taken form areas of study 4, 5 and 6 as these will
support Unit 2, controlled task.
Teaching will need to be interwoven with some of the 15 controlled hours that
have to be spent on Unit 2 controlled task. Candidates will require time between
the supervised sessions so that they can collect information and complete
observations of their study.
                       Child Development GCSE
                            Subject Information
Year 10 – Term 3 (approximately 28 lessons)
Work this term will focus on area of study 2 – Food and Health with the
remaining Unit 2 controlled task hours.

Year 11 – Term 1 (approximately 30/35 lessons)
Work this term will focus on the first area of study – Family and Child. Unit 3 will
need to be introduced and candidates should be given guidance as to method of
completion in January.

Year 11 – Term 2 (approximately 30 lessons)
Work this term will complete topics from study area 1 and the candidates will
complete Unit 3 controlled assessment, 15 hours.

Remainder of lessons this term to complete topics, carry out revision and
complete specimen examination papers.

Progression routes to Further Study:
As/A2 Health and Social Care
A/As Psychology / Sociology
Btec Caring courses

Progression routes to Careers and Employment:
Nursery Nurse, Playgroup Leader, Nanny, Teacher, Learning Support Assistant
Paediatric Nurse

Subject Combinations:
Science – biological element, IT for producing coursework, Technology (textiles or
resistant materials), Hospitality and Catering – for practical skills, controlled
assessment and Nutrition.

								
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