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Skegness Academy

Child Development

Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Child Development

We follow OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2. This mean students will be graded Pass/Merit/Distinction at either level 1 or 2, which is equivalent to the performance points at GCSE.

The aim of the qualification is to inspire students to learn about the social, physical, and intellectual development of a child 0-5 years, as well as dietary guidelines and equipment children of this age require. Students will develop knowledge about the roles and responsibilities that come with parenthood, from reproduction and pregnancy, through to preparation for birth. They will understand how a baby can develop and thrive in the right conditions.

Throughout the course students will acquire transferable skills in research, evaluating, analytical and critical thinking. The course will be assessed internally (60%) and externally (40%).


There are three mandatory units, 2 coursework based and 1 external exam unit.

The units provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of parenthood, from pre-conception through antenatal to postnatal care. Students develop an appreciation of the importance of creating the best conditions for a child to thrive. Students learn about the range of equipment and nutritional and hygiene requirements of children from birth to five years, and they demonstrate in a practical activity how these needs are met to promote a child’s development and well-being. Students investigate the developmental norms of children from birth to five years and develop an understanding of the impact of play on the developmental norms. They apply and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through practical activities.

Who should consider taking this course?

Students wanting to understand the way in which children grow and develop. Progressing onto a career that involves first-hand involvement with children between the ages of 0-8 years including Teaching, play workers, paediatrics, Nursery worker, Early Help support, etc.

Where could the course lead?

The course could give the foundations to progress onto our Sixth Form Level 3 qualification or those similar in further education. The qualification is equivalent to one GCSE.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (EYE) in Children’s Play, Learning and Development - Key Stage 5


Unit 1: Children's Development (Examination)

Unit 2: Development of Children's Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills (Controlled conditions)

Unit 3: Play and Learning (Assignments)

Unit 5: Keeping Children Safe (Assignments)

Unit 7: Children's Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Assignments)

Unit 8: Working with Parents and Others in Early Years (Assignments)

Unit 9: Observation, Assessment & Planning (Assignments)

Unit 10: Reflective Practice (Assignments)

Unit 11: The Early Years Foundation Stage (Assignments)


The course is equivalent of two GCE A level equivalents and is delivered over two years in Year 12 and 13.  The qualification gives learners a licence to practice if both examinations are passed.  

Who should consider taking this course?

Anyone interested in a career working with children aged 0-8 years. The course will provide insight into how children develop and learn through play.

Where could the course lead?

The qualification gives learners a licence to practice in the Early Years workforce as a Level 3 practioner.  It also provides UCAS points towards university courses in Early Years services or primary teaching. Learners can continue into the Early Years Honours Degree such as Primary Education Studies, Childhood and Youth Studies or Early Childhood.