Level 3 Certificate in Playwork Principles into Practice

Level 3 Certificate in Playwork Principles into Practice

The Level 3 Certificate in Playwork Principles into Practice is a competence based qualification, the primary purpose of which is to develop knowledge and skills in areas such as Play Theory and Practice. Learners can specialise in developing knowledge of Playwork Theory and Practice linked to the Playwork Principles.

This qualification covers areas such as:  Developing Knowledge of Play Theory, Developing Playwork Practice, Develop Organisational Playwork Practice, Develop Reflective Practice in Playwork, Inclusive Playwork Practice and Safeguarding Children and Young People in Play Spaces.

Learners will be assessed on their developing skills relating to Play Theory and Play Practice.  This will include writing briefing papers for staff and colleagues which will include:

The learner will work through a process of personal reflection of their own playwork practice (personal needs analysis) and then develop a personal learning plan and identify a plan for CPD. 

This qualification is available through approved centres in Wales.

Why deliver this qualification

This qualification offers centres flexibility and choice because of the comprehensive range of optional Units.

Learners can progress to a range of courses at a higher level including Level 3 Diploma in Playwork Principles into Practice, allowing centres to retain or build student numbers.

This Level 3 Certificate in Playwork Principles into Practice can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning
  • infill into existing classes
  • evening provision

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

Learners who have completed the SQA Level 3 Award in Playwork Principles into Practice

adult returners to education

people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects

individuals who wish to start their own business

Apprenticeships

This qualification is not part of an Apprenticeship.

Access

It is recommended that Learners should have previously obtained the SQA Level 3 Award in Playwork Principles into Practice.

This qualification is for play leaders and childcare practitioners to facilitate progression from the SQA Level 3 Award in Playwork Principles into Practice.

Learners should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow then to gather the required evidence.

Progression

The level 3 Certificate can provide progression to:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Playwork Principles into Practice.

Learners may also progress to employment within the Playwork or Early Years sector as qualified Playwork Leaders.

Approval

Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQAs Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQAs general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the Unit.

Assessment Guidance for this qualification is available from SQA. Training Manuals relating to this qualification are also available from PlayWales.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

The Level 3 Certificate in Playwork Principles into Practice requires the learner to complete 10 mandatory Units (35QCF credit points)

Group Award code: 600/4312/X (35QCF credit points)

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure.

SQA Ref

QCF Ref

QCF Level

QCF Credit Points

Title

H0AP69

K/503/6722

3

3

Explore Play Theory in Practice

H0AT69

T/503/6724

3

3

Supporting Playwork Practice

H0AS69

M/503/6723

3

3

Support Organisational Playwork Practice

H0AN69

A/503/6725

3

3

Support Reflective Practice in Playwork

H0AV70

Y/503/6912

3

4

Develop Knowledge of Play theory

H0AW70

R/503/6911

3

4

Develop Playwork Practice

H0B070

L/503/6910

3

4

Develop Organisational Playwork Practice

H0B170

R/503/6909

3

4

Develop Reflective Practice in Playwork

H0B370

L/503/6907

3

3

Safeguarding Children and Young People in Play Spaces

H0B270

R/503/6908

3

4

Support Inclusive Playwork Practice

Unit specification and assessment guidance

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's Secure website. These are available from your centres SQA Co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk

Assessment strategy

Learners will be assessed on the knowledge and skills developed in each Unit. The Assessment may take a number of forms including reports, reflective accounts and developoing folios of work. The practical Unit will help learners develop skills in working with children prior to being assessed on performance in the workplace.

Additional information/Useful Links

www.playwales.org.uk