Playwork Certificate (University Certificate)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
1 Year
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 25/09/2018

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.

Course

Highlights

  • This course is accredited by City and Guilds.
  • Our course was developed in association with Northamptonshire Leisure Trust.
  • Flexible schedule to fit around you.

Additional

Information

Partnerships and Accreditation

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.

This course is delivered in association with the Northamptonshire Leisure Trust.

Course Details

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 and 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.

Open Days

Come say Hello

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

Career Opportunities

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.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

 

Entry Requirements

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

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
    for study at undergraduate level.

For more information on English language requirements at the University of Northampton, please visit our IELTs and language requirements page.

Course Content

Assessments

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.

Reading List
  • 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

Related Courses

Further your Study

Our courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Take a look at some of our Undergraduate courses, to explore a new career path.

Primary Education 5-11 (QTS) BA

Early Years FdA

Early Childhood Studies BA

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time:£750

Although there is no funding available for this course, you may be able to get sponsorship from your employer.

Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

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Updated 25/09/2018

  • 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.

    Course

    Highlights

    • This course is accredited by City and Guilds.
    • Our course was developed in association with Northamptonshire Leisure Trust.
    • Flexible schedule to fit around you.
  • 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 and 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.

    Additional

    Information

    Partnerships and Accreditation

    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.

    This course is delivered in association with the Northamptonshire Leisure Trust.

    • Come say Hello

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Career Opportunities

      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.

  • 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

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For more information on English language requirements at the University of Northampton, please visit our IELTs and language requirements page.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

      • 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

    Assessments

    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.

    • Further your Study

      Our courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Take a look at some of our Undergraduate courses, to explore a new career path.

      Primary Education 5-11 (QTS) BA

      Early Years FdA

      Early Childhood Studies BA

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time:£750

    Although there is no funding available for this course, you may be able to get sponsorship from your employer.

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

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