Playwork Level 2

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC444
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Start Date: 03-Sep-18
  • Validated by: National Council Further Education
  • Study mode: Full Time, Part Time

This is a one year course that prepares you for a role as a playworker with children from 4 to 16 year olds.

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

To provide you with additional opportunities Blackburn College are proud partners with both East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and The Forest School learning experience.  We are the first College in the country to offer the pioneering and innovative Forest learning experience within a natural outdoor environment. 

You will also be able to take part in, and benefit from, our enrichment opportunities giving you the ability to take an active role  in the Leyland and Salmesbury Playschemes. In addition you will be able to complete a paediatric first aid qualification.   All perfect opportunities to boost your CV.

Playwork is an extremely varied and rewarding career, offering opportunities to work in breakfast clubs, after school clubs and within a nursery setting with toddlers, or teaching young children in play schemes. 

Playwork is a growing employment opportunity and can lead to a career as a: Play Worker, Youth Leader, Play Scheme Leader.

If you haven't achieved a Grade 4 or above in Maths and English, you will need to retake these subjects which we will support you with.



What will I study?

You will study a range of units that include:-

  • playwork principles
  • supporting play
  • relationships in the play environment
  • safeguarding
  • 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 preferably with 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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Career Options


If you love having fun with children and enjoy being active, this could be just the kind of job you're looking for. Playworkers plan, organise and take part in play and leisure activities for 4 to 16 year olds. They work at places like breakfast clubs, after school clubs, mobile play buses and holiday play schemes.

You don't need to have qualifications to start in playwork but some paid or voluntary experience will be useful.

To become a playworker, you will need to get on well with children, parents and carers. You will need patience and tolerance. You will also need a responsible and caring attitude.

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Many employers will prefer you to have an approved postgraduate qualification and registration with the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) or Play Therapy UK (PTUK). You would also need to pass checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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Before you start you will have to study for a foundation degree in healthcare play specialism. To do the foundation degree, you will need a professional childcare qualification at level 3 or above.

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There are no specific entry requirements to get into this job but many employers will ask for GCSE passes, particularly in English and maths. If you want to work overseas you would usually need to be able to speak one or more foreign languages. ???????

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Nursery workers, sometimes called nursery nurses, work with babies and young children from birth to five years in childcare settings. They make sure that the children under their care develop and learn in a safe and supportive environment.

If you are committed to helping children thrive and get the best start in life, this could be the perfect career for you.

You will need a warm and positive approach, lots of creative ideas and a willingness to work as part of a team.

You do not always need formal qualifications to start training as a nursery worker, although a good standard of general education, such as GCSEs, including English and maths, would be helpful. For all jobs, you will need to have background checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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To be a special needs teaching assistant you will need to be patient, and firm when necessary. You must also be willing to help with children’s personal needs.

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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.