Child Development BTEC


Why should I choose Child Development BTEC?

If you are interested in a career working with babies and young children, then Child Development is for you.

In this course you will learn about how children grow and develop, how they learn through play and factors that can impact on their growth and development. This is perfect if you are considering becoming a nursery or primary school teacher, social worker, paediatrician or early years practitioner. Even if you don’t know what you want to do but are fascinated by how babies and young children learn, grow and develop, then study Child Development.

Child Development is a BTEC qualification which means you are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. In your coursework you will be given a number of lessons over several weeks to complete your assignment. This will really suit those who feel they could benefit from this style of learning.

How will I be examined?

Pearson BTEC L1/2 Tech Award in Child Development  is divided into the following three components:


  • Component 1: 30% internally assessed coursework. This consists of writing a booklet that explains how children grow and develop between the ages of 0-5 and explaining the factors that can affect growth and development
  • Component 2: 30% internally assessed coursework. This consists of writing a booklet that assesses different ways children learn through play and how adults can promote learning through different activities
  • Component 3: 40% externally assessed exam. This is a 2 hr exam and covers circumstances that affect children’s development, creating safe environments and how to adapt play for learning and development.

What will I study?

  • Component 1: Develop knowledge and understanding of children’s growth and development across five areas– physical, intellectual, communication and language, social, and emotional. 
  • Component 2: Play  is important in helping children to learn new skills and gain knowledge. Between birth and five years old, children play in different ways so it is essential that they are given play opportunities that challenge them and engage them in learning new skills
  • Component 3: Develop your knowledge and understanding of the individual circumstances that can have an impact on a child’s learning and development.

Recommended text books and additional reading 

  • Lindon, J. (2012) Understanding Child Development: 0-8 Years: Linking Theory and Practice. London: Hodder Education, 978-1444167184
  • Meggitt. C. (2006) Child Development: An Illustrated Guide 2nd edition, Heinemann, 978-0435420482
  • Moyles, J. (2012) A-Z of Play in Early Childhood. Maidenhead: Open University Press, 978-0335246380

Department contact:

Christie Gaimster, Head of Child Development