This programme is a nationally recognised qualification in Playwork practice, accredited by City and Guilds, advancing the skills and knowledge of those who are working with children and young people in community and educational settings.
This course is conducted through a blended learning approach, which includes workshops, seminars and online resources, and is led 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.
As a student, you will also be able to enjoy the use of the University of Northampton’s extensive resources and high quality learning environment.
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.
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The Certificate in Playwork is designed to include taught sessions to develop knowledge and understanding supported by online resources and tasks to demonstrate skills in practice. By undertaking 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
- the 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 Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
Methods of Learning
You will participate in taught sessions to develop knowledge and understanding which you will then apply in practice using the resources and tasks provided to demonstrate your skills. This course is delivered in association with the Northamptonshire Leisure Trust. For more information on the Trust, please visit their website.
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 develop pathways into integrated children and young people’s services, youth and community work, or Leader in Charge in Playwork posts. There will also be opportunities to progress to further education to gain a professional level qualification.
How to apply
Direct application with applicant information session and interview.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In order to gain a placement on the 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.
- Supervised by a qualified worker.
- 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, students may be able to access employer sponsorship.
Fees are paid online, through the Online Shop.