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OCR HOME ECONOMICS: Child Development

Child Development is studied over a period of 3 years and students will have 3 lessons per week in each of those years.

As the name of the course suggests students will study how children develop. Students will look in depth at the family, reproduction, pregnancy, ante natal provision, birth, post natal care, physical development of a baby, nutrition and feeding, infectious diseases, community support as well as intellectual, social and emotional development of children.

The students will be expected to produce and submit 4 mandatory units in order to complete the course.

The first unit is made up of 2 short tasks and an investigation that are set by the exam board and completed in controlled conditions, internally assessed and externally moderated. These contribute 30% of the total GCSE marks

The final unit is a child study where students follow the development of a child and produce a written report of their findings. This unit is again internally marked and externally moderated. This contributes 30% of the total GCSE marks.

At the end of the third year there is an external examination which will be taken in the final term and will test the students’ knowledge of the specification. This contributes 40% of the total GCSE marks.