Course overview

Playwork Level 3 Diploma City of Bristol College

This part-time course is for people who want to become, or who are already working as, playworkers in a variety of play settings.

This course is delivered in college, 2 days a week.

If you’re aged 19+ and this will be your first Level 3 course, it could be free for you under the government’s National Skills Fund (NSF) scheme. Get in touch to find out more.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 19 and over who are already working, or want to work, as playworkers in a variety of play settings such as breakfast clubs, after school clubs, holiday playschemes, adventure playgrounds and community organisations and schools.

What you'll learn

During this course, you will be able to develop your skills using a range of techniques. You can expect to complete units such as Understanding Play and Playwork Principles, Supporting Inclusion in a Playwork Setting and Working with Parents, Carers and Families.

Course entry requirements

To join this course, you will need to be able to write at Level 2/GSCE English standard. You will need to have completed a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will also need to have secured a placement in a playwork setting (hours TBC).

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be required to develop an ongoing portfolio of knowledge and skills, and will also be assessed in the workplace.

Future career and study opportunities

Level 3 qualifications aim to facilitate progression to higher level study, which requires knowledge and skills different from those gained at Levels 1 and 2. Within college, you could progress to our Foundation Degrees in Educational Support or Early Years, depending on your previous experience.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery. 

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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