Welcome to Health and Social Care / Child Development

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From Year 9 onwards, students can choose to take a vocational pathway which brings to life issues from the health sector. 


Health and Social Care

This qualification introduces students to the biggest employment sector in the UK, which includes elements of the NHS, local authority adult and child care services as well as a range of independent providers which provide care in a variety of settings. It introduces students to this vocational sector and the role it plays in the health, well-being and care of individuals across all age ranges. Students will also develop transferable skills, in particular communication, aspects of team working and the essential life skill of first aid. As you might expect, both the bulk of learning and assessment is through practical means.

Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care will equip students with a sound, specialist knowledge as well as skills for everyday use. They will also challenge all students by introducing them to demanding materials and skills, encouraging independence and creativity, and providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum. This includes the ‘Values of Care’ and the current legislation requirements, and the importance of softer skills such as communication.

Child Development

This qualification is for learners aged 14-16 who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in child development. It is designed with both practical and theoretical elements, which will prepare students for further qualifications in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology and Biology.

What will the student study as part of this qualification?

All students will study three mandatory topics as follows:

  • Health and well-being for child development
  • Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years
  • Understand the development norms of a child from birth to five years.

What knowledge and skills will the student develop as part of this qualification and how might these be of use and value in further studies?

The first topic of study underpins all of the other learning in this qualification. Students will develop the essential knowledge and understanding in child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, postnatal provision, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. Knowledge gained would be of use for further studies in PHSE, Biology and other child development qualifications.

In the second topic of study, students will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment to meet all of these needs. This topic will also cover nutrition and hygiene practices and students will be given the opportunity to investigate feeding solutions, comparing these to nutritional requirements and evaluating the outcomes. Evaluation skills are developed, which would be of use in further studies in a number of areas.

In the third topic of study, students will gain an understanding of the development norms from birth to five years and the stages and benefits of play. Students will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This topic will include researching, planning and carrying out activities with a child and observing and evaluating these activities, as well as comparing the child to the expected development norms. Researching, planning, observing and evaluating skills would be useful in further studies as these are transferable skills and could be applied to many subject areas.

Curriculum overview

  • In the spring of Year 8, students choose the options subjects they will take from Year 9 to Year 11. Students and their families are guided through this process through taster lessons, assemblies, our options online guide and a special options information evening. We support all students to choose subjects they will enjoy and which they will succeed in, and which will unlock future opportunities.
  • Years 9-11: Each subject is taught by two lessons each week

Qualifications entered in Year 11

Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care (OCR)
Cambridge Nationals in Child Development (OCR)

Topics covered