Child and adolescent development - virtual (01RW50CL/20)

Online Course

Course details

On this free short virtual course you will be introduced to the key principles of developmental milestones from birth to adolescence including the physical, mental, emotional and social aspects. Whether you are interested in child development as a way to help understand your own family or you would like to boost your CV for roles in educational or caring settings you’ll find that this course provides a good grounding.

What do I need to join the course?

You do not need any prior knowledge of this subject to join this course, just an interest in the subject.

As the course is being delivered virtually through Microsoft Teams you will need to ensure that you are able to connect to the internet, have a web browser (e.g. Google chrome, Microsoft Edge) and are able to follow the links to take part in the virtual activities. This will include having some basic computer skills, including being able to use a keyboard and mouse.

What do I need to provide for the first session?

This course is delivered via virtual learning on Microsoft Teams. You will not need to attend any classroom delivery but you will need to commit to attending the virtual sessions at the specified dates and times. In order to participate in the virtual sessions you will need access to the following:

  • Computer/Laptop/Tablet
  • Headset/earphones if required, including a microphone (unless you are able to work in an area where you will not be disturbed/disturb others
  • A reliable internet connection
  • An email address to access the virtual classroom
  • A means of using video conferencing e.g. integrated webcam, webcam, tablet with camera
  • Teams app downloaded (free download is available)
  • You may find it useful to have a notebook and pen to make notes and you may be asked to submit work back to your tutor, therefore the ability to produce a text or word document that you can upload or email to your tutor will be beneficial.

If you are unsure about how to join a virtual learning session please contact us as soon as possible, but at the latest 2 working days prior to your course starting.  We will then arrange for one of our Personal Advisors to contact you and talk you through how to access the sessions.

You may also want to attend our Preparing for virtual learning short session, this will help you to get started and feel confident in participating with any future virtual learning courses. For more details on this please search on the course booking system or telephone us on 01482 887670 or email

How will I learn?

You will be taught and supported on this virtual course by an experienced and enthusiastic tutor, take part in a range of activities including research, group and individual work and receive support for your own ideas.

What will I learn?

On this course, you will learn:

  • what is meant by the terms ‘child development’and ‘cognitive development’
  • cognitive learning theories
  • the ways in which children acquire/develop their language skills
  • memory development in children and adolescents
  • the nature vs. nurture debate
  • the characteristics and milestones of moral development
  • findings from social learning theory research (Bandura)
  • cultural difference in expectations of child and adolescent development

What could I do next?

You may wish to go on to join one of our other Health and Social Care courses; we offer courses in Behaviour Management in a Learning Environment, Counselling, Self Esteem and Confidence Building and Mindfulness; your tutor will discuss the options with you during your time on this course.

Can we help you to learn?

You can find more information on the Financial help and additional support page or you can contact us to talk about this and any other support we can provide.