Child Studies

Full Year

Within this course there are opportunities to develop a range of employability skills related to the care and development of children and it is highly linked to careers in Early Childhood.

The course focuses on children and their development from conception to 8 years of age and incorporates practical and theoretical activities, working individually and in groups. Students have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of young children through individual, collaborative, and practical learning.

They explore concepts such as the development, needs, and rights of children, the value of play, concepts of childhood and families, and the roles of parents and care-givers. Students have opportunities to build their understanding of the range of attitudes, values, and beliefs of people in the wider community in relation to children and child-rearing practices. They also consider the importance of behaviour management, child nutrition, and the health and well-being of children.

There are five areas of study in Stage 2 Child Studies, as listed below:

  • Contemporary and Future Issues
  • Economic and Environmental Influences
  • Political and Legal Influences
  • Sociocultural Influences
  • Technological Influences

For a 20-credit subject, students provide evidence of their learning through seven assessments, including the external assessment component. Students undertake:

  • four practical activities (50%)
  • two group activities (20%)
  • one investigation (30%)

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