Technical Award in Children’s Learning & Development


Subject Staff Leader

Miss L



 Board – AQA

Unit 1 – Coursework Research Task

  • Carry out an in depth research study on a topic e.g. pre conceptual care, education, play

Unit 2 – Coursework Child Study

  • Work with a child up to 10 years old over a period of 4-6 months and analyse findings.

Unit 3 – Exam: 1 hour 30 mins

  • Development of a child from pre conception to 10 years old


Assessment of Course
The technical award has the same weighting as a GCSE and will count as equivalent to one GCSE.
There are two pieces of coursework: one will be completed in Year 10 the other in Year 11. All topics for the exam will be taught along with exam skills over the two year course.


Course Content
This course is designed for learners aged 14–16 who have an interest in children’s learning and development and wish to develop the skills and learn the theory that can prepare them for further study and employment within the childcare sector. It will particularly appeal to learners who are looking for a course that is practical in nature.

The Technical Award in Children’s Learning and Development will give learners the opportunity to study children aged 0 to 10 years, developing an understanding of:

  • Growth and development
  • Communication and language development
  • Learning and play
  • Education provision (until the end of KS2)
  • Child health and safety
  • The role of professionals and voluntary organisations.

This qualification could be complemented by Technical Awards in subjects such as Health and Social Care, Sport or Food and Catering. It is also a great partner for GCSEs such as Sociology, Psychology and Biology. This course will also offer a progressive route through to A-levels, Technical Certificates, Technical Levels and BTEC Level 3 National Diplomas.


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