Level 3 Award in Introduction to Playwork (QCF), Level 3 Certificate in Playwork (QCF) and Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (QCF)

What do the qualifications cover?

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 provide 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 unsupervised. It is also a must-have for all those undertaking the Level 3 Playwork Apprenticeship.


Who are they suitable for?

Experienced playworkers who have a wide knowledge and understanding of children and young people and an appreciation of playwork principles and practice.


What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 18 years old. Colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.


How many credits are required to complete them?

The Award requires 12 credits, the Certificate requires 32 and the Diploma requires 65.


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 does it take to complete?

You can usually complete them in a year or less.


What related qualifications can you progress to?

A degree in a related discipline.