Playwork Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC454
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: National Council Further Education

These qualifications provide in depth information about the role of the Level 3 playworker when working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16. They allow learners to gain an understanding of the management of play environments and the line management of other staff. The Award and Certificate are mainly knowledge based, with a limited amount of practical application. The Diploma covers the knowledge and skills needed when working un-supervised and requires the learner to demonstrate these in the workplace.

What will I study?

• Develop and maintain a healthy, safe and secure play environment for children and young people
• Promote positive relationships in the play environment
• Plan for and support children and young people’s self-directed play
• Contribute to organisational frameworks that reflects the needs and protects the rights of children and young people
• Understand the Playwork principles
• Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people

Entry Requirements
  • You need to be 18
  • GCSE Maths and / Or English Grade C or Equivalent
  • Suitable employment in a Playwork Setting
How will I be assessed?

You are assessed by producing a portfolio of evidence that supports your ability and competence to work with children and young people. Each learner will be assigned an experienced, qualified assessor to assess competency in the real work.

What can I do next?
  • Hospital playwork assistant
  • Assistant playworker in a children’s holiday club
  • After-school club playwork assistant
  • Adventure centre assistant
  • Soft Play area assistant
Your Study Programme

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Future income

Full-time playworkers can earn between £12,000 and £20,000 a year. Managerial staff can earn between £25,000 and £30,000 a year.

Playworkers who work part-time or on a short-term basis, earn a portion of full-time rates (known as pro rata payment) or may be paid an hourly rate.



If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years* to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.