Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

GCSE Home Economics: Child Development

For first teaching from September 2017

This revised specification is a broad, coherent course on the development of babies and small children (05 years). It encourages students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills, including practical skills, in these key areas:

  • pregnancy, childbirth and caring for a newborn baby
  • the responsibilities involved in parenting and other family roles
  • the social, physical, intellectual, communication and emotional development of small children, including their dietary, health and educational needs.

Students develop subject-specific skills such as evaluating feeding options for a baby, and transferable skills such as analytical problem solving. They also learn about relevant scientific and technological developments.

This course prepares students for further study in child health or education, or the world of work.

There are two written exams, each worth 30% of the overall mark, and one controlled assessment task, worth 40%.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in Home Economics: Child Development is unitised, so its possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has three units:

  • Unit 1: Parenthood, Pregnancy and the Newborn Baby
  • Unit 2: The Development of the Child (05 Years)
  • Unit 3: Investigation Task.

Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 June 2017

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 June 2017

Controlled Assessment

In this specification Unit 3: Investigation Task is a controlled assessment unit.

Support


Fact File: Barriers to Communication
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 July 2017

Fact File: Centile Charts
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 July 2017

Fact File: Current Dietary Recommendations for Children Aged 0-5 Years
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 July 2017

Fact File: Development of Communication
(PDF), Last Updated: 29 September 2017

Fact File: Family Members and the Development of a Child
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 July 2017

Fact File: Family Support Agencies
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 July 2017

Fact File: Health Professionals
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 July 2017

Fact File: Health Professionals That Support A Mother and Child
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 September 2017

Fact File: Healthy Brain Development in the Womb
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 July 2017

Fact File: Infertility
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 July 2017

Fact File: Links Across Areas of Development
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 September 2017

Fact File: Minor Problems Associated with Pregnancy
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 September 2017

Fact File: Nutrition During Pregnancy
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 July 2017

Fact File: Planning Meals and Choosing Food
(PDF), Last Updated: 31 July 2017

Fact File: Pre-Linguistic and Linguistic Communication
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 July 2017

Fact File: Quality Marks Used on Products
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 July 2017

Fact File: Role of the Birthing Partner
(PDF), Last Updated: 22 September 2017

Fact File: The Rights of the Child
(PDF), Last Updated: 29 September 2017

Fact File: Ways to Overcome Barriers to Communication
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 July 2017

GCSE Child Development Planning Framework
(DOCX), Last Updated: 28 June 2017

Snapshot
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 June 2017

Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 June 2017