SQA offers Playwork at Level 2, 3 and 4.

These SVQs are based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) set and published by the Sector Skills Council for the sector, SkillsActive.

The standards provide an accurate and detailed definition of what candidates must know, understand and be able to do. These SVQs will enable those working in this sector to develop the knowledge and skills required to demonstrate competence in their job role.

Important information: As of 1 September 2016, all SVQs with an established SCQF level no longer include the SVQ level in their titles. Please note that our web pages and documents will gradually be updated over time as the SVQs are reviewed, so may still contain the existing titles. More information on SCQF levels can be found on our SCQF web page.


Centres interested in offering this qualification should come forward for approval and contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Assessment Strategy.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Modern Apprenticeship

Thhis Award is also part of the Modern Apprenticeship in Active, Leisure, Learning and Well-Being L2 and L3

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Level: 2
Publication: DB4566
Edition: August 2008
Downloads: Playwork at level 2  (153 KB)
Level: 3
Publication: DB6004.2
Edition: May 2012
Downloads: Playwork at level 3  (153 KB)
Level: 4
Publication: DB6006.2
Edition: May 2012
Downloads: Playwork at level 4  (153 KB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Candidate Disclaimer for SVQ Portfolio

G8WE 22
- SVQ 2 Playwork

GD1V 23 - SVQ 3 Playwork

GD1T 24 - SVQ 4 Playwork

Internal Assessment Reports

Useful links

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