Level 3 Playwork Diploma

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Is this course for me?

This course is for experienced playworkers looking to gain new skills to help develop their setting. If you’re currently working at or wishing to progress to a senior role in a play environment for children and young people between 4-16 years of age, this course would be ideal for you!


How do I achieve the qualification?

The course is made up of a number of units, each with a credit score. To gain the Level 3 Diploma you will need to achieve a minimum of 65 credits.
There are 13 mandatory units with a total credit score of 46 and then you will chose 2 or 3 optional units which add up to 19 credits to bring the total credits achieved to a minimum of 65 credits. The optional units give you the flexibility to choose subject areas which really interest you and will be beneficial for the job role you’re currently in.

Will I need to attend classes?

No, this is a work-based qualification. There are no classes to attend and you don’t have to take time out to go to college either! When you start your training, you’ll be assigned a Parenta assessor with many years experience of working in childcare. Their role is to guide you through the course, support you when you need it and make sure you finish with the qualification you deserve! Your assessor will visit you at work on a regular basis and will support you between visits via the telephone and online.

How will I be assessed?

At the start of your course, your assessor will talk to you about how you like to learn and can then tailor your course assessments. You’ll be assessed through a mixture of ‘at home’ and ‘at work’ tasks which will include:
At home: 

  • Writing from personal experience
  •  Case studies
  •  Assignments asking you to describe/explain something
  •  Reflections on how you dealt with past events

At work: 

  • Observations of your work practice
  • Guided discussions with your assessor 
  • Answering questions from your assessor

How long will the course take me to complete?

As with anything worthwhile, this course requires you to dedicate some of your time to it. The expected course completion time is 12 months, but afterwards you’ll have the fantastic feeling of having a professionally recognised playwork qualification which will help you in your career.

Will it take up much of my time?

You’ll need to set aside between 5 to 7 hours of your own time each week to work towards your qualification online. You will be set regular work by your assessor to help keep you on track with your course and you can split your home study time up in whichever way suits you best each week. This might be spending an hour or so online every day after work or setting aside blocks of time to work on your course on the days that you’re not working, it’s up to you.

How will the course impact my future?

Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a Level 3 NVQ Playwork Diploma plus Maths & English Functional Skills Certificates at Level 2. You’ll also receive an Award in Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning.


Once I have achieved the Level 3 Playwork Diploma, what would be the next steps in my career?

Achievement of the Level 3 Diploma will enable you to access higher level jobs such as Playwork Development Officer, Adventure Centre Supervisor, Hospital Playworker or Playwork Provision Assistant Manager/Manager. You could also consider progressing to a Foundation Degree in a related subject area for example Early Years, Playwork and Education.

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