Diploma in Child Development


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Diploma in Child Development

Why Oxford Learning College 


It is considered that the early years of a child's life are very important for his or her health and development. Parents, health professionals, educators, and others can work together to help children grow up to reach their full potential.

Child development refers to the way that a child masters necessary skills to help keep pace as growing takes place. In general terms, the average child will develop in specific stages at specific times/ages. These are often known as 'milestones'. Often, children will need to reach a specific milestone before their bodies and brains have the building blocks to move on the next one.

This fully accredited OLQA Level 3 Diploma Course in Child Development is designed for those with an interest in the Psychology and Sociology of the early years and wish to gain increased knowledge in this important field.

The course delivers a wide range of topics to provide students with an introduction to this subject. The course will be of great benefit to those who work with children or wish to learn more about children. Issues that impact upon raising children and the early years of development will be explored.

Those interested in a career in Social Care will find essential information for the subject area and other child related discipline in this course. . There are eleven modules to this course designed to encourage student led research. Students will then complete an online examination at the end of the course to receive their final grade.

The course includes the following features: 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 networks.


Syllabus and Module Specification

Module 1 - Defining childhood

This introductory module considers the parameters of childhood throughout the ages, providing a useful foundation for the entire course. Students are encouraged to examine the impact of society upon the developing child.


Module 2 - Pregnancy and family life

This module explores family patterns and the wider social context that surrounds the child. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the impact that having a baby will have upon relationships with others. Emphasis is placed upon the developing patterns of family life, and issues such as religion, family income and industrialisation are described.


Module 3 - The developing baby 

Foetal development from conception to the birth is described in detail in this module. Issues associated with the post-birth 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 focuses on the theories of Charles Darwin, Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. These will be considered and studied in depth, together with an assessment of the practical contribution their writings have made in practical terms to the understanding of child development and the raising of children nowadays.


Module 5 - Emotional development

The significance of the emotional development of children will be discussed, together with a presentation of the writings of Sigmund Freud and John Bowlby. The implications of the theories of both men will be discussed in relation to modern day parenting and day care.


Module 6 - Day care

Many parents are finding that day care for babies and young children is essential so that careers can be continued. This may be an important part of parenting routine, and the reactions of children to day care will be examined in this module. The challenges 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 their early years.


Module 7 - The developing self 

In this module, the development of the self concept will be discussed. Students will gain knowledge of identifying the important aspects of development of the self concept in the early years and also the risk factors that can impact upon healthy self development.


Module 8 - The social development of children

Children do not grow up in isolation; their peers can importantly influence their development. All children are likely to be involved in the school system. The importance of positive interaction 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 explored in this module and students are encouraged to consider strategies that can be developed to foster successful school interaction.



Module 9 - The development of play

The importance of play to the developing child will be explained, together with parental issues in relation to play. The different types and functions of play throughout the life cycle will be examined. Issues such as play and socio-economic class and gender differences will be considered so that students may gain understanding of the impact of play on all aspects of development.


Module 10 - Development in adolescence

The period of adolescence is a time of transition, and great changes in the life of the child will be apparent. Adolescence is sometimes identified as a negative period in the life of the child but it is the aim of this section of the course to explore both the physical and emotional changes of adolescence, and to explore not only the negative impact of adolescence but also the positive impact that adolescence can have.


Module 11 - Developmental problems

This module describes some of the major developmental problems associated with the early years. Some of the professionals who can assist with these issues will be identified along with explanations of training for the major professions involved in child development.


Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies 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.


Diploma in Child Development

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

For more information on how to progress after completing this course, please click here

Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

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

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). 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

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.

The Level 3 Diplomas 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 Diploma courses 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).

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.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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