Playwork Level 2

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC444
  • Duration: 1 academic 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 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.


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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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