Human Growth & Development

QQI Level 5 (course code: 5N1279)

This course is designed for:

  • Those who wish to work in a number of different care settings including childcare, healthcare and residential care settings
  • Those who wish to pursue further studies in related fields

General Aims

  • Understand the concept of human development from conception to old age
  • Understand the normal patterns of development from infancy to old age
  • Explore their own personal prejudices, fears and anxieties about working with people in need of care
  • Develop interpersonal/interactive skills appropriate to responding to the needs of others
  • Applying skills and knowledge to typical work based problems
  • Develop self-confidence and empathy in dealing with people

The course is broken down into the following units:

1. The psychology of Childhood
2. The psychology of Adolescence
3. The psychology of Adulthood


Assessment will be split between two assignments that demonstrate the students understanding and application of a range of specific learning outcomes and also a theory based examination.


On successful completion of this course the student will be awarded a QQI Level 5 (Component) Certificate in Human Growth and Development 5N1279.  Human Growth and Development 5N1279 is an optional module for the Major Award in Healthcare Support 5M4339 and is a compulsory module for Nursing Studies 5M4325.



Related/Additional Training:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Occupational First Aid

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