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Vocational Child Development

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Why Study Child Learning & Development

If you are interested in studying childcare at college this is the course for you. It will provide you with hands-on practical experience of looking after a baby as well as everything else that goes along with it. You will have the opportunity to work independently, in groups and gain vital knowledge from mums, mums-to-be and parents.

Course Content & Development of Expertise

Learners will develop an understanding of the development of a child from pre – conception to 5 years of age. We will look at various topics surrounding this area such as, Pre-conceptual care, antenatal care, health, safety and diet of the child, play, education and how to provide support for the parent and child.

You will learn a range of practical skills such as how to feed, change and care for a baby with the use of our Realcare electronic baby. You will also learn vital skills such as:

  • Practical parenting skills
  • Communication
  • Presentation
  • Life skills
  • Planning
  • Research

 You will learn information about the theory topics via PowerPoint presentations, practical work, videos, visiting speakers and through exam questions

Career Pathways

Colleges and employers look on the subject very favourably. You will learn vital information and practical skills that will enable you to pursue the next stage of your education or working life. This course is essential if you wish to study Childcare or Health and Social Care in your further education.

Qualification Information

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Qualification: OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1 & 2 Certificate

Awarding Body: OCR

Entry Tiers: One tier


Assessment Structure

Unit 1 – RO19 – Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years

You will carry out an in-depth research task on a topic of your choice, these include:

  • Pre-conceptual care
  • Antenatal care
  • Health, safety, diet and care of the child
  • Childhood illnesses
  • Support for the parent and child

This is internally assessed and is worth 25% of the final grade.

Unit 2 – R020 – Understand the development of a child from birth to five years

Learners will work with a child aged up to 5 years old over a period of 3 months. During this time the learner will:

  • carry out and evaluate appropriate research
  • use research to select, plan and justify play activities which will enable them to observe physical, intellectual and cognitive, emotional and social, communication and language development
  • carry out observations of a child to assess their development
  • record observations analyse and evaluate observations, recognising change and progression in development and comparing against developmental milestones.

This is internally assessed and is worth 25% of the final grade.

Unit 3 – R018 – Written exam -Health and well-being for child development

What is assessed?

  • Contraception
  • Pre conceptual care
  • Reproduction
  • Ante natal care
  • Preparing for the baby
  • Birth
  • Postnatal care
  • Medical professionals
  • Needs of the child
  • Childhood illnesses
  • Safety

How it is assessed?

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of final grade


A mix of, short answer and extended questions.

All results are awarded on the following scale: 

  • Distinction* at Level 2
  • Distinction at Level 2
  • Merit at Level 2
  • Pass at Level 2
  • Distinction at Level 1
  • Merit at Level 1
  • Pass at Level 1

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