Level 2 Award Certificate & Diploma in Playwork

What do the qualifications cover?

These qualifications are an introduction to the primary aspects of working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16 in play environments. They provide an understanding of playwork values, and the importance of play and playwork in children and young people’s lives.

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 under supervision. It is also a must-have for all those undertaking the Level 2 Playwork Apprenticeship.


Who are they suitable for?

Anyone who wishes to work in a supervised role in a wide range of playwork environments.


What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 16 years old. Colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.


How many credits are required to complete them?

The Award requires 10 credits, the Certificate requires 25 and the Diploma requires 61.


How are they assessed?

They will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.


Do you need to be working to take the qualifications?

For the Award and Certificate you will only require basic access to a playwork environment. For the Diploma you will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.


How long do they take to complete?

You can usually complete them in a year or less.