This is a nationally recognised qualification in Playwork practice, accredited by City and Guilds, advancing your skills and knowledge of working with children and young people in community and educational settings.
You will learn through a blended learning approach, including workshops, seminars and online resources, taught by experienced and qualified playwork specialists. Throughout this course, you will develop a portfolio for assessment, to demonstrate your new skills and provide a record of achievements.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road
Once you have completed this course, you will understand:
- playwork principles
- children and young people’s self-directed play
- how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
- the organisational framework for play
- how to support positive outcomes for children and young people
- relationships in the play environment
- health, safety and security in the play environment
- how to plan for and support children and young people’s self-directed play
This will all be consolidated by practical experience in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings.
Methods of Learning
You will engage in learning activities to develop your knowledge and understanding, which you will then apply in practice. We will provide you with resources and tasks so that you can demonstrate your skills.
This course is delivered in association with the Northamptonshire Leisure Trust.
You will create a portfolio of evidence which will include reflective recordings, planning and evaluation, supervision records, feedback from practitioners, annotated items, visual and audio recordings, written questions, action plans, and risk assessments.
- Abbott-Chapman, J. and Robertson,M. (2009) Leisure activities, place and identity. In Furlong, A. (ed.) Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood: New Perspectives and Agendas London: Routledge
- Bonel, P. & Lindon, J (2009) Good Practice in Playwork. 3rd ed. Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes
- Brown, F. (ed.) (2003) Playwork, Theory and Practice. Buckingham: Open University Press
- Cohen, D. (2006) The Development of Play. 3rd edition London: Routledge
- Eke, R., Butcher, H. & Lee, M. (2009) Whose childhood is it? London: Continuum
- Else, P. (2009) The Value of Play. London: Continuum
- Forbes, R. (2004) Beginning to Play, Maidenhead: Open University Press
- Moyles,J. (ed.) (2005) The Excellence of Play. 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press
- International Play
- Play Today
The Certificate in Playwork will give you the opportunity to work in integrated children and young people’s services and youth and community work. You could also progress to further education to gain a professional level qualification.
How to apply
In order to study this course you should have:
- relevant Level 2 qualifications
- experience in an established Playwork environment or be prepared to undertake a minimum 100 hour work placement over the duration of the course
- supervision from a qualified worker
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Although there is no funding available for this course, you may be able to get sponsorship from your employer.
Fees are paid online, through the Online Shop.