Playwork Level 2

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC444
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Validated by: National Council Further Education
  • Study Mode: Full time

This is a one year course that prepares you for a role as a playworker. 

You will study in the state of the art Beacon centre and undertake a placement in a play environment that will enable you to develop valuable experience of the role and responsibilities of a Playworker. 

If you haven't achieved a Grade 4 or above in Maths and English, you will also have to retake these subjects.

Childcare is an extremely varied and rewarding career, offering opportunities to work within a nursery setting with babies and toddlers, or teaching young children in schools. 

Possible careers include Early Years Practitioner; Nursery Manager; Primary School Teacher; Social Worker; Support worker within a children's residential home; and a Teaching Assistant. 

Blackburn College are proud partners with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and The Forest School learning experience.



What will I study?

You will study a range of units that include:-

  • playwork principles
  • supporting play
  • relationships in the play environment
  • safeguarding
  • and reflective playwork practice.

You will take part in charity events, volunteering opportunities and team building exercises to support your employability skills.

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 x GCSE’s D / 3 or above including Maths and English, or completion of a Level 1 course. 

A successful DBS check will be required.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal exams but over the course, you will build a portfolio of evidence.

All units are internally assessed using a range of methods, which could include direct observation of practice, professional discussion, reflection on your own practice in real work situations and tasks set by Blackburn College.

What can I do next?

You can progress on to a Level 3 qualification in Playwork.

You will also be able to take the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship in Playwork or Childcare.


Your Study Programme

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You will study in our £18.3 million Beacon Centre which houses practical teaching rooms for care, cooking and creative activities. You will also have full use of the dedicated IT suites, library and resource centre, where you will have access to over 60 computers and 45,000 books. You will also have free WiFi access across the campus.

Enrichment & Employability

All Childhood Studies learners will participate in 800 hours of work experience in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, nurseries, and childrens play centres.  Work experience is a vital part for all of the Childcare programmes and is essential for learners to be successful. You may also wish to take on voluntary work or paid summer work such as Camp America or local play schemes.

Students will have the opportunity to gain first aid quaifications and take part in the virtual baby programme.

Many learners engage in fund raising by holding an end of year musical, coffee mornings and soup kitchen volunteering.

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