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Staff List and HOD Names

Ms Lois Murray (HOD)

Mrs Helena McAlister

Aims of Department

This subject area has seen a growth in popularity due to its practical nature and its appropriateness for careers in the care and development of babies and children. The CCEA Occupational Studies focuses on caring for a newborn baby with the following main content: - the responsibilities involved in parenting and other family roles, the social, physical, intellectual, communication and emotional development of small children, including their dietary, health and educational needs as well as practical learning how children can develop through their play activities. Students develop subject-specific skills such as evaluating feeding options for a baby, and transferable skills such as analytical problem-solving. They also study about how play is important in ensuring children can engage and learn.  This qualification allows for mainly practical work and evaluation.

The Level 3  Children's Care, Learning and Development is a BTEC National qualification and is offered to allow students to focus in more detail on: - education and training for children’s care, learning and development of employees in the sector, providing opportunities for children’s care, giving students the opportunity to develop a range of personal and professional skills and techniques, which can allow them to gain a nationally-recognised qualification. Students use this qualification as a foundation for a more detailed study leading to careers in family, childcare and their support services

Outline of Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5

Key Stage 4

In summary at Key Stage 4, we offer:

Occupational Studies Business and Services Childcare Level 2 – a course fully internally assessed which focuses on providing care for babies and young children in terms of their care, development and learning needs

Units include: 

  • The Physical Care of Babies

  • The Children’s Play Area


Key Stage 5

Pearson BTEC Childrens’ Care Learning and Development Level 3: this programme is fully internally assessed and allows for placement in a childcare sector to allow for achieving the qualification. This course also looks in detail about the role of Childcare professionals and careers

Units include: 

  • Positive Relationships for Children’s Care Learning and Development

  • Positive Environment for Children’s Care Learning and Development

  • Promoting Children's Development

  • Safeguarding Children


Reflecting on Practice in the Children’s Care Learning and Development sector

Additional Info

Additionally, students on  Level 3 Childcare and Health and Social Care courses are expected to complete placements which provide evidence for assignments and to avail of extended learning opportunities where possible organised by the teacher or self.


Useful Links when studying Childcare and Health & Social Care courses:

British Nutrition Foundation

Consumer Council NI

Health and Social Care NI

Food a Fact of Life


CCEA Occupational Studies

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