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Playwork - Level 3 NCFE Diploma

Part Time

Course Overview

This qualification will give the apprentice the skills, knowledge and understanding required for playworkers at Level 3. They are designed for those working or wishing to work in a senior role with children and young people between 4-16 years of age in a variety of play environments. 

Course Content

The apprenticeship consists of 

Level 3 Diploma in Playwork 
To achieve the Diploma the apprentice will need to complete a total of 65 credits. 46 credits must come from the mandatory units and then a further 19 credits are required from a choice of optional units.

Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
This qualification will: 
  • focus on the study of sport, leisure and recreation and active leisure and learning sector 
  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge 
  • provide opportunities to acquire a number of technical skills. 

Level 2 functional skills in Maths and English

Entry Requirement

Learners will need to be at least 18 years of age and work in a suitable setting as work based competencies will be assessed. A good standard of education is required with 4 GCSE at level D/4 required.


All units are internally assessed. Assessment enables the learner’s workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units as well as the whole qualification. 

Methods of assessment may include

  • direct observations of learner’s practice
  • inference of knowledge from direct observation of practice
  • witness evidence
  • reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • professional discussion with assessor
  • task set by us for knowledge learning outcomes only

Where does this course lead to

On completing this qualification the learner could progress to a level 4 apprenticeship in childcare

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Course Outline

Course Code: MXEL330
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 86 Weeks
Start Date: TBC.
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