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Level 3 Diploma in Child Development


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Oxford Learning College
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  • Access to course content on mobile, tablet or desktop
  • Make your own study schedule and take advantage of online tutoring hours
  • Obtain a certified diploma once you finish the course.


The course is designed to give you a well rounded knowledge of the subject and to give you the ability to carry on your studies at a higher level. At Level 3 you are not required to have any previous knowledge of the subject, as the materials will take you from no previous knowledge up to Level 3. For Level 5/HND subjects you will be required to have studied at Level 3 or above before enrolment.
Suitable for: SUITABLE FOR: This course is suitable for all students over the age of 17. Students can study on this course no matter where you are in the World. The course is made up of various units and each build up your knowledge base of the subject. Courses are all delivered in English.

Level 3 Diploma in Child Development

Course Synopsis
This fully Level 3 Diploma Course in Child Development is designed for people with an interest in the Psychology and Sociology of the early years and would like to increase their knowledge or gain knowledge in this important field.

The Level 3 Course has both a practical and an applied component and delivers a wide syllabus of topics to provide the student with an introduction to the width and breadth of the subject area. The course will be of great benefit to those who are currently working with children or are wishing to learn more about children. Issues that impact upon raising children and the early years of development will be studied.

For those interested in pursuing a career in Social Care will find this course will provide essential background for the subject area and other child related discipline. There are eight graded Assessments within this Course and to encourage student led research students will also be asked to write a thesis on one of the topics studied in the Course.

Course Content
The course will contain the following topic areas:

  • Stages of pregnancy and birth
  • Early Years of development
  • The development of self
  • The social world of the child
  • Emotional development
  • Adolescence
  • Problems arising from development
  • The Family
  • The social construction of childhood
  • Physical development
  • Theoretical approaches to the development of childhood
  • The Psychological approach (including the main Psychological theorists; including Freud, Piaget, Darwin, Vygotsky)
  • Processes of accommodation, assimilation and equilibrium
  • The influences of Peers
  • Making friends and social networksModule 1 - Defining Childhood

In the first module students will look at definitions of childhood throughout the ages, providing a useful background for the whole course and will encourage students to consider the impact of society upon the developing child.

Module 2 - Pregnancy and Family Life
This Module will look at family patterns and the wider social network that surrounds the child. Students will examine the impact that having a baby will have upon relationships with others. Much emphasis will be placed upon changing patterns of family life and issues such as Religion, Family Income and Industrialisation.

Module 3 - The Developing Baby
Students will examine foetal development from conception to the birth in this module. Issues connected with the post birt period will be examined and essential practical aspects of preparation stages for the arrival of the baby will be discussed.

Module 4 - Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Childhood
This module will focus on the work of Charles Darwin, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky. These main theoretical approaches will all be considered and studied, together with an assessment of the practical contribution their writings have actually made to the raising of children in the present day.

Module 5 - Emotional Development
The importance of the emotional development will be discussed together with a presentation of the writings of Sigmund Freud and John Bowlby. The implications of the work of both men will be discussed in relation to modern day parenting and day care.

Module 6 - Day Care
With the effects of the changing family, many parents are finding day care is essential in order to allow parents to pursue their careers. It is an progressively more important part of parenting and the reactions of children to day care will be examined in this module. The problems of assessing day care and the implications of flawed research in this area will be discussed. The importance of good quality care will be emphasised and students will be encouraged to identify those aspects of care that they feel are beneficial and important to both the physical, intellectual and social development of children in the early years.

Module 7 - The Developing Self
In this module students will look at the development of the self concept will be discussed. Students will be able to identify the important aspects of development of the self concept in the early years and will also be able to identify the 'risk' factors that can impact upon healthy self development.

Module 8 - The Social Development of Children
Children's peers can largely influence the development of a child suggesting children do not grow up in isolation. All children are likely to be involved in the school system. The importance of getting on with others in a school setting and the impact (both positive and negative) of peer relationships in childhood will be discussed. Issues such as bullying will be presented in this module and students will be encouraged to think about strategies that can be developed to foster positive school interaction.

Module 9 - The Development of Play
The importance of play to the developing child will be discussed, together with parental issues in relation to play. The different types and functions of play throughout the life cycle will be described. Issues such as play and socio-economic class and gender differences will be presented so that students may be better informed about the impact of play on all aspects of development.

Module 10 - Development in Adolescence
The adolescence period is a time of transition and great changes in the life of the child will be visible. Adolescence is often identified as a negative period in the life of the child but it is the aim of this section of the Course to examine both the physical and emotional changes of adolescence and to emphasis not only the negative impact of adolescence but also the positive impact that adolescence can have in the life cycle.

Module 11 - Developmental Problems
Students will be introduced to some of the developmental problems associated with the early years. Some of the people who can assist with these problems will be identified along with guidance on training for the major professions involved in child development.

Entry Requirements
All students must per 16 years of age and above.

These require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours
Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.

Level 3 Diploma in Child Development

This course is Quality Assured by OLQA

Additional Information
You will receive a certificate from the College. Fees for both are included in the course fee.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included
All study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department. Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee

Payment by Instalments
Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information
These require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 courses which are not examination board accredited can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Level 3 Diploma
The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

Please note that included in your course fee is your registration to the On Campus student community, and a licence to print your study materials.

Please note that the licence is for one print only, so please ensure that you have enough paper and ink to print the full course materials if required.

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After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 5 working days. You will also receive your personal Oxford Learning student number via email.

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