The childcare and development sector is a growth industry across Scotland, partly due to the increasing number of working parents. It has become ever more important that those working in the sector have appropriate qualifications and opportunities for professional development.
In this course you will develop an understanding of child development and the roles and responsibilities of practitioners, other professionals and parents/carers in meeting the needs of children from pre-birth to 16. You will learn how to: explain the holistic needs of a child; analyse, evaluate and present information; research and investigate and apply knowledge and understanding to childhood practice.
Childcare and Development is therefore an extremely useful course for a variety of career paths, particularly those which involve working with children, and makes a valuable contribution to your general education and personal development.
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Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have:
The course consists of three areas of study.
Child development: theory
Services for children and young people
The course assessment has two components totalling 130 marks:
For the assignment component, you will choose a brief for which you will investigate the needs of a child or young person and the range of ways in which the professional and others can meet those needs, and present your findings in a report.
Both the question paper and the assignment are set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.
The course assessment is graded A-D.
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