Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice

Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice

QiW Qualification Code: C00/0510/6
SQA Qualification Code: GG0X 54
Total Qualification Time: 190 hours

The Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice builds on the knowledge and skills previously gained in the Level 2 Award in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice.

It develops the following areas:

  • playwork theories and play  
  • the role of the playworker to support the rights and wellbeing of children and young people
  • reflecting on playwork intervention

This qualification is available through SQA-approved centres in Wales.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The qualification is aimed at those who:

  • are in work and are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience
  • have previously completed the Level 2 Award in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a playworker. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it provides confirmation to employers and managers that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the sector, or to work towards another qualification, such as Level 2 Diploma Putting Playwork Principles into Practice (see Progression).


The qualification is designed to lead the learner to one or more of the following objectives:

  • meeting relevant programmes of learning
  • giving learners personal growth and engagement in learning
  • developing knowledge, understanding and skills 

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

This qualification is linked to typical job roles that learners will encounter within the sector.

To achieve the Certificate, learners need three units from the Award and three units from the Certificate — a total of 19 credits. 

For the Level 2 Certificate, learners must complete the following mandatory units from the qualification structure:

  • Playwork Theories and Play — which requires learners to understand playwork theories and the importance of play.
  • The Role of the Playworker to Support the Rights and Wellbeing of Children and Young People — where the role of the playworker in supporting the development, health and wellbeing of children and young people needs to be defined and understood by the learner.
  • Reflect on Playwork Intervention — learners can specialise in playwork activity.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • school leavers
  • adults returning to education
  • learners who have completed a qualification in a relevant discipline at level 2
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects



There are no specific skills, knowledge understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved in order to start this qualification. However, learners must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as playworkers.


Learners may progress from the Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice to the Level 2 Diploma in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice. 

What approvals are needed?

Centres must come forward for approval and should 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.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (credit value 19).

Group award code: GG0X 54
Qualifications Wales code: C00/0510/6

Please refer to the qualification structure (64 KB) for more information.

Unit specifications

Unit specifications for this qualification are available on the Unit search.

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the assessment criteria, assessment (evidence) requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment for the unit.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what the learner has completed at work. This can be gathered through observation, professional discussion, witness testimony or supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently, and to the playwork principles, and comply with current legislation and company procedures.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will also demonstrate that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.

Learner portfolio

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