Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice

Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice

SQA qualification code: GG0X 54
Regulated qualification number for Wales: C00/0510/6
Regulated qualification number for England: 600/6933/8
Total qualification time: 190 hours

The SQA Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice will develop the knowledge and skills previously gained in the Level 2 Award in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice.

The qualification provides learners with an opportunity to further their knowledge, understanding and skills in the following new areas:

  • 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.

This qualification is available through SQA approved centres in Wales.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale

The Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice is designed to further develop the knowledge and skills previously gained in the SQA Level 2 Award and is aimed at those in work who are looking for qualifications and experience in the playwork sector.

Learners can build on the skills and knowledge gained from achieving this qualification by continuing to progress to the Level 2 Diploma in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice or by gaining employment within the playwork sector.

It is intended that the qualification will allow learners to develop experience of the recognised industrial practices and principles relating to playwork. The Certificate will provide a sound basis for employment and advancement within the playwork sector.

Objectives

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

  • to develop the required knowledge, understanding and skills in the area of playwork
  • to receive a broad education in playwork

Purpose of this qualification

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop occupational competence as a playworker. As a competence-based qualification it will provide, on completion, the underpinning knowledge and skills required to meet the recognised standard to carry out the role of a playworker.

What does this qualification cover

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through on-the-job training.

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

To achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice, learners need a total of 19 credits by completing the six mandatory units. However, where learners have already achieved the three mandatory units from the Level 2 Award in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice, attainment will be recognised and will not need to be repeated.

Recognition, progression and further information

Who does this qualification suit

Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre, however learners should ideally possess the following qualification:

  • Level 2 Award in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice

This qualification is for playworkers and childcare staff, and facilitates progression on to the SQA Level 2 Diploma in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice or other relevant qualifications at Level 2.

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

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as:

  • playworkers
  • sessional workers within a playwork environment

Apprenticeships

This qualification does not form part of an apprenticeship.

Progression

Learners may progress from this qualification to the Level 2 Diploma in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice or directly into employment.

What approvals are needed

Centres interested in offering this qualification require to 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. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the assessment strategy.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

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

SQA qualification code: GG0X 54
Regulated qualification number for Wales: C00/0510/6
Regulated qualification number for England: 600/6933/8

Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit specifications and assessment guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's secure website. These are available from your centre’s SQA co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk.

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements/assessment criteria and approaches to assessment for the unit. Training manuals relating to this qualification are also available from PlayWales.

Assessment strategy/Principle

The Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice should be assessed using a variety of assessment methods.

Playwork Theories and Play will be assessed by:

  • reflective observation
  • diary entries based on observation undertaken by the learner of current experience in a playwork setting
  • assessor observation of the learner’s playwork practice
  • a reflective report

The Role of the Playworker to Support the Rights and Wellbeing of Children and Young People is assessed by:

  • participation in an assessed group discussion about the role of the playworker to support the rights of all children and young people and challenge discrimination
  • how they advocate the right to play
  • case studies and extended response questions to cover knowledge and understanding relating to practice

Reflect on Playwork Intervention will be assessed by:

  • assessor observation covering the learner’s planning, approach and attitude to support children and young people to explore feelings within the play space (affective environment)
  • a reflective report demonstrating understanding of the importance of play space
  • assessor observation covering risk–benefit assessment before and during play, together with the learner’s playwork intervention
  • a reflective report demonstrating understanding of playwork intervention and the playwork approach to risk during play
  • a reflective diary entry recording personal experiences in a playwork setting

Additional information/useful links

www.playwales.org.uk