The course deals with cognitive processes such as language and speech development, social skills, and behaviour. The psycho-social issues, together with other external influences on development are included in order to enhance understanding of the factors affecting behaviour.
The developmental stages of anatomy and physiology for each body system are presented as chronological processes to follow this timeline, thus facilitating understanding of the changes that occur during the physical and mental development of children.Â In addition, learning through play and interactive educational concepts are examined
This course is aimed at those with a keen interest in the topic, and also for anyone wishing to work with children on a more formal basis.
The course comprises of a series of tutor marked assignment, a thesis and final online examination.
The first module looks at the history of child development in brief. Genetics, inheritance and sex determination are examined and explained. Embryology and the development of the integumentary system are also covered.
This module looks at the development of the musculoskeletal system, including bone and muscle structure, function and growth. Students will also deal with the development of the nervous system.
This section deals with the development of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, including structure, function, pre and post natal circulation and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
This unit deals with the development of the gastrointestinal and renal systems.
This module deals with the development of the reproductive, system, special senses and dentition.
This module deals with the birth, how a child grows and develops. It also looks at nutrition, measurements and weight, together with childhood illness and vaccination programmes.
This module looks at how language and speech develops through categorization, memory storage and through copying.
This module looks at cognitive structures, their development, and the resulting concepts. It also deals with relationships and interaction.
Play is an integral part of child development. This module looks at why this is, and how structured play helps the mental and physical development processes.
This module looks at the practical aspects of working with children: responsibilities, legal requirements, first aid, appropriate levels of communication and recording etc.
Previous Knowledge Required
No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.
This course offers 12 months tutor support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.
Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade. Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis. The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade. We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.
This Level 3 Diploma in Child Development is Quality Assured by OLQA. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.