Level 3 Diploma in Playwork Principles into Practice

Qi W Qualification Code: C00/0420/4
SQA Qualification Code: GE72 57
Total Qualification Time: 624 hours

The Level 3 Diploma in Playwork Principles into Practice builds on the knowledge and skills previously gained from the Level 3 Award and Level 3 Certificate in Playwork Principles into Practice.

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

  • analysing the nature of play
  • analysing playwork practice
  • analysing organisational playwork practice
  • analysing reflective practice in playwork
  • integrating playwork principles, theory and practice
  • playwork practice in the community
  • analysing developmental theory

Knowledge and skills are developed at a strategic level through analysis and reflection.

This qualification is available through 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 3 Certificate in Putting Playwork Principles into Practice

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a manager within the playwork sector. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it provides confirmation to employers and senior 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 (see Progression).


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills
  • analysing and developing play theory as part of a strategic role within the playwork sector 

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a knowledge-based and 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 industry.

To achieve the Diploma, learners need a minimum of four units from the Award, six units from the Certificate and seven units from the Diploma — a total of 65 credits. 

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • workers who need the qualification to meet legislative requirements
  • 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
  • full-time or part-time study



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

  • Level 3 Award Playwork Principles into Practice
  • Level 3 Certificate Playwork Principles into Practice

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals employed as playwork practitioners.


Learners may progress from the Level 3 Diploma in Playwork Principles into Practice to possible employment as a playwork manager.

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 17 mandatory units (credit value 65). 

Group award code: GE72 57 
Qualifications Wales code: C00/0420/4

Please refer to the qualification structure 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.  The will demonstrate that they can analyse organisational and playwork theory and development theory. They will also demonstrate that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.

Learner portfolio