Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Playwork
About this course

The Level 3 Diploma in Playwork is aimed at staff working directly with children and young people in a setting whose main purpose is to provide children and young people with opportunities for freely chosen, self-directed play.

This qualification aims to provide candidates with the necessary knowledge, skills and competence required to work in a supervisory role within the Playwork sector. On successful completion of this qualification, candidates will have demonstrated the essential skills in employment.

What will I learn?

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Playwork, learners must achieve 65 credits in total. 46 of those must be from the 13 mandatory units, and a minimum of 19 credits from the optional units available. 

The Mandatory units are:
•    Understand playwork principles
•    Understand children and young people's self-directed play
•    Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people
•    Understand the organisational framework of play
•    Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people
•    Understand the relationships in the play environment
•    Understand health, safety and security in the play environment
•    Understand how to plan for and support children and young people's self-directed play
•    Engage in personal development in health and social care or children's and young people's settings
•    Contribute to an organisational framework that reflects the needs and protects the rights of children and young people
•    Develop and maintain a healthy, safe and secure play environment for children and young people
•    Develop and promote positive relationships in a play environment
•    Plan for and support children and young people's self-directed play

All optional units will be discussed with an assessor upon application to the course.

Entry requirements

You must be working in a Playwork environment to complete this course.

Upon application, an initial assessment will need to be completed by the applicant to determine if this level of study is appropriate to them.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. 

In order to complete this qualification, apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship. Specific rules govern this and it must take place in the apprentice’s contracted hours. This will be explained to you in more detail upon application by your assessor.

All units are internally assessed. Assessment enables the learner’s workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units as well as the whole qualification. 

Additional costs and information

We allow people 18-24 months to complete this course.

This is a "roll-on, roll-off" qualification so, provided you fit the required work based criteria you can join at any time. 
Wiltshire College offers either paper based or web based electronic portfolio assessment methods. 

What could I do next?

For any progression opportunities, please speak to your assessor regarding pathways to further education.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.