OCR level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development
Becoming a parent is one of life’s major experiences as well as a huge responsibility. This qualification is for students aged between 14-16 who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in child development.
The course has 3 units of which unit 1 is an external exam set by OCR which underpins all of the other learning in the qualification and covers the following topics:
- parental responsibility,
- antenatal care,
- postnatal checks
- are of the baby/child,
- conditions for development
- childhood illnesses
- child safety
The one hour and 30 minutes exam will be sat at the end of year 10 with a resit available in January the following year if required. This will help to reduce the number of exams which are sat by our students at the end of year 11. The exam is worth 80 marks.
This is an internally assessed unit where the students will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and they should understand what to look for when choosing equipment for this age group. Students also learn about nutrition, planning and cooking suitable healthy meals for children as well as learning about the necessary hygiene practices required when looking after babies and young children. This unit is worth 60 marks.
In this unit students increase their knowledge and skills in developing activities to be able to observe developmental norms in children up to the age of 5 years old. This unit will involve researching, planning and carrying out activities with children and observing and evaluating these activities. This unit is worth 60 marks.
Therefore it is a requirement of this course that students have access to a child aged up to 5 years old in order to complete unit 3 assessment which is internally moderated. Also there will be some practical work with food so students will be cooking some dishes in school so will need to be organised and bring in ingredients when required.
After studying this course students can progress on to GCE A levels in a variety of subjects , continue with a Level 3 course in Children’s Development, play and learning at school or in further education or obtain an apprenticeship. This course is beneficial to students who wish to progress onto a career in nursing, working in a nursery, teaching children or to increase their own knowledge and confidence when bringing up their own children.