Child Development

Key Stage 4
GCSE Child Development-AQA 4582

This specification helps students develop their knowledge and understanding of child development issues in a diverse society and enables them to work in a variety of contexts. They will develop skills and knowledge which are relevant and can be transferred to other settings.


Unit 1

Written paper(45801)

1hour and 30 minutes

100 marks


6-8 compulsory questions comprised of short answer, structured and free response questions.

Unit 2

Research task(45802)

30 marks


The research task must be completed under supervision within the classroom.

It involves students researching and completing a task in 7 hours.

Unit 3

Child study(45803)

60 Marks-40%

The child study must be completed under supervision within the classroom and should occupy 20 hours of supervised time.

Students will observe and carryout a child study over four visits.


Course Content

Title of unit



The family

Planning for a family

Preparing for the baby

Provision of a safe environemt



Pre-conceptual care


Preparation for birth

Labour and birth

Newborn baby

Postnatal care

Diet, health and care of the child

A healthy diet

Feeding a baby


Feeding a young child

Food related problems

Child care

Child health

Development of the child


Physical development

Intellectual development

Social and emotional development

Learning and play

Support for the parent and child

Types of support available

Child care provision

Educational and developmental provision

For further information check AQA website

Course Plan

2016-17 Course Plans PARENTS child dev year 10 (pdf)

2016-17 Course Plans PARENTS child dev year 11 (pdf)

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