Level 2 Diploma in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice

QiW Qualification Code: C00/0510/7
SQA Qualification Code: GG16 60
Total Qualification Time: 372 hours

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

Learners will develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas:

  • observing play
  • supporting inclusive playwork practice
  • playwork: legislation, policy and practice
  • reflecting on playwork practice

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 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a playwork leader. 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 3 Playwork Principles into Practice (see Progression).


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming 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 Diploma, learners need a minimum of three units from the Award, three units from the Certificate and four units from the Diploma — a total of 37 credits.

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

  • 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.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • learners who have completed the Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice
  • workers wishing to progress into a supervisory position
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business



Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. Specific skills, knowledge and understanding or other qualification(s) required before taking this qualification include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed or seeking employment as playwork leaders.


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

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete 10 mandatory units (credit value 37).

Group award code: GG16 60 
Qualifications Wales code: C00/0510/7

Please refer to the qualification structure (69 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 that they 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 demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the role as a playwork leader.  They will also demonstrate that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.

Learner portfolio