Level 2 Award in Putting Playwork into Practice

QiW Qualification Code: C00/0510/5
SQA Qualification Code: GG0Y 62
Total Qualification Time: 90 hours

The Level 2 Award in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice will develop knowledge and skills relating to the role of a playwork assistant.

It covers the following areas:

  • the importance of play
  • playwork skills and attitudes
  • intervention and playwork practice

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

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The Level 2 Award is an entry level qualification for the playwork sector.

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a playwork assistant. 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 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice (see Progression).


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • to develop understanding and basic skills in the area of playwork
  • to receive a broad education in playwork

What does this qualification cover?

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

To achieve the Level 2 Award in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice, learners need a minimum total of nine credits, which is achieved by completing all three mandatory units:

  • The Importance of Play — which provides learners with an introduction to the importance of play for children and young people.
  • Playwork Skills and Attitudes — where learners will develop an understanding of the attitudes required by playworkers towards children and young people.
  • Intervention and Playwork Practice — where learners will develop an understanding of the importance/impact of interaction within a playwork setting and of reflecting on their own relationships with children and young people.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • learners with no prior experience
  • learners 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.



Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as playworkers.


Learners may progress from the Level 2 Award in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice to the Level 2 Certificate 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 three mandatory units (credit value 9).

Group award code: GG0Y 62 (credit value 9)
Qualifications Wales code: C00/0510/5

Please refer to the qualification structure (58 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. 

Learner portfolio