Cognitive Development and Learning

Course code HCS276
15 credits

This module considers those features of a child’s development that underpin the emergence of communication and language and learning. It provides a description of children’s physical, social and cognitive development, including numeracy and literacy development. Key theories of development are also presented.

Suitable for

Learning Support and Teaching Assistants, Speech and Language Therapy Assistants, Nursery Nurses and others working in a support role with children with Special Educational Needs.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students are expected to be able to:

  • Describe the sequence of typical development of physical, social and cognitive skills
  • Compare the key theories of child development
  • Demonstrate understanding of those aspects of a child’s development that are considered
    to underpin their ability to learn
  • Apply the theoretical perspectives on child development to analysis of classroom activities

Teaching Methods

The module content is delivered online and includes guided independent study, using online reading material available from the University Library. Students are supported by University tutors via online discussion boards and email. Online learning will be supplemented by an optional 2-day study block in Sheffield.


The module starts in late September of each year. The module runs over a period of 12 weeks, and this 15 credit module should take about 150 hours to complete (including preparation for the assignment). See timetable for the year.


Two assignments of 1,500 words each.

Associated programmes

CORE Module on:
Advanced Certificate Language & Communication Impairment in Children

Fees and funding for the module

Fee information 

Fully funded places may be available for NHS employees in Yorkshire and Humber, and in East Midlands – please contact us for more information

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