Level 2 Diploma in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice

Level 2 Diploma in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice

SQA qualification code: GG16 60
Regulated qualification number for Wales: C00/0510/7
Regulated qualification number for England: 600/7020/1
Total qualification time: 370 hours

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

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

  • Observing play — including topics such as: play observations; play cycles; play types; loose parts; behavioural modes.
  • Support inclusive playwork practice — where learners will support and understand the importance of children and young people creating their own play spaces.
  • Playwork: legislation, policy and practice — where learners will develop an understanding of how playwork legislation, policies and practices inform each other and how they can effectively contribute to the safeguarding of children and young people.
  • Reflect on playwork practice — including reflection on the best ways to support the play process and how learners can best develop their own playwork practices.

This qualification is available through SQA approved centres in Wales.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale

The Level 2 Diploma is aimed at those who have previously completed the Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice. Learners need to be working in and/or gaining experience within a playwork environment.

The qualification provides a sound basis for working and advancing in the playwork sector.

On successful achievement of the Level 2 Diploma, learners might gain employment within a playwork environment or could progress to a range of Level 3 qualifications in playwork.

Purpose of this qualification

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop occupational competence as a playwork leader. 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 playwork leader.

What does this qualification cover

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills required by the sector through on-the-job training.

To achieve the Level 2 Diploma in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice, learners need a minimum total of 37 credits by completing all 10 mandatory units. However, where learners have already achieved the three mandatory units from the Level 2 Award plus the three mandatory units from the Level 2 Certificate 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 this qualification is at the discretion of the centre, although learners should have previously achieved the Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice.

This qualification is for playworkers and childcare staff and is mainly undertaken by individuals employed as:

  • playworkers/playwork leaders
  • sessional workers within an out of school care or playwork environment

Apprenticeships

This qualification is not part of an apprenticeship.

Progression

Learners may progress from the Level 2 Diploma in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice to the Level 3 Award in 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

This qualification requires the learner to complete 10 mandatory units in order to achieve 37 credits.

SQA qualification code: GG16 60 (37 credit points)
Regulated qualification number for Wales: C00/0510/7
Regulated qualification number for England: 600/7020/1

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 qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what learners have completed at work through a variety of evidence such as a reflective diary, observation, professional discussion, witness testimony, and supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and are therefore competent in their role. Assessment methods can include practical assessment, knowledge-based questioning and online assessment.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently to meet the playwork principles and comply with currently 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. The learner will demonstrate correct process and procedures when observing play, legislation and safeguarding issues relating to the sector. Learners are required to carry out risk assessments and observe playwork activities.

Additional information/useful links

www.playwales.org.uk