Phoenix Collegiate

Child Development

Why should you choose Child Development

The Level 1/2 Technical Award in Child Development and Care provides learners with the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the sector. It has been designed to meet the needs of learners from the age of 14 years. It includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings. It is aimed at a range of learners who wish to be introduced to childcare and development of children aged 0-5 years. This qualification is designed to match the rigour and challenge of GCSE study. The qualification is graded at level 1 pass/merit/distinction and level 2 pass/merit/distinction/distinction* (equivalent to GCSE grades 8.5 to 1).

Topics covered are :

  • Child development · Role of the EYP
  • Factors that influence development · Legislation
  • Play · Observation
  • Early years provision · Planning


Career Options

Here are a few examples of jobs available to graduates with a bachelor's in child development:

Child Life Specialist.                                     Early years teacher

Special Education Paraprofessional.        Primary teacher

Parent Educator.                                          Play therapist

Early Childhood Education Consultant.   Behaviour therapist

Early Childhood Education Regulator.

Social Worker.


What else could you get out of Child Development?

Learners will be able to progress to further relevant level 2 programmes of study or level 3 programmes of study including those from our Early Years Educator suite. Learners may also progress to an Apprenticeship route in early years or childcare at either level 2 or level 3.

How is the course assessed?

This qualification has 2 assessments externally-set by NCFE: one non-exam assessment and one written examined assessment. This takes place in year 11

Attitudes to Learning

Do you enjoy reading people and figuring out what makes them tick? Do your friends often come to you for help with their problems? You like to find solutions after thoroughly diagnosing situations.  You’re naturally observant and analytical, which will serve you well in a child development career. Not all children learn at the same speed—some will need extra help in certain areas that others won’t. As an early childhood educator, it’s your job to notice when a child may need require some extra attention.

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