Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

NOTE: CCEA will not be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

GCSE in Home Economics: Child Development

First teaching of this specification in GCSE Home Economics: Child Development begins from September 2009. We will make the first awards in 2011.

This is a relevant and stimulating specification to teach and study. Although the specification is aimed primarily at students aged 14 to 16 years, it could also be successfully followed by older students taking a one-year course.

This specification focuses on the study of the physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of young children from conception to the age of five years.

Students gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • pregnancy;
  • the needs of young children;
  • the roles and responsibilities of parents;
  • the social and environmental influences that affect family life;
  • how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle;
  • home economics skills (including practical skills);
  • human needs in a multicultural society; and
  • relevant technological and scientific developments.

This specification encourages students to adopt a critical and analytical approach to decision-making and problem-solving. Students evaluate choices and decisions and become informed and discerning consumers.

The specification provides a sound basis for the further study of Home Economics and related subjects at a more advanced level.