Course at a glance


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.

The Quality Licence Scheme 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.

Quality Licence Scheme Level 3 Child Development Diploma Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above to enrol into our Level 3 Child Development Diploma course.

Quality Licence Scheme 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.


Optional coursework and final examination.


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

Course Length

1 Year.

Endorsed By

Quality Licence Scheme:

This course has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.


Child Development Course Content

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  the sociology of the family

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 – the social development of children

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. 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 8 – 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 9 – 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 10 – Developmental Problems

Most children develop normally but there are many children that do have problems with development.  This unit covers the professionals working in the field of Child Development and Developmental Milestones.


This Quality Licence Scheme Level 3 Child Development Diploma course can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.

Further information on our Level 4 Diplomas can be found here: