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Apprenticeship in Playwork Level 3

Programme Description

This qualification provides in-depth information about the role of the Level 3 playworker when working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16. The Diploma covers the knowledge and skills needed when working unsupervised.

At a Glance

  Part Time

  18 months

  Ammanford Campus

Programme Features

This is an apprenticeship which is workshop and practice-based and is aimed at experienced playworkers who have a wide knowledge and understanding of children and young people and a deep appreciation of playwork principles and practice.

All learners will be supported by a Training Adviser/Assessor who will monitor progress towards achieving targets on a regular basis.

The Training Adviser/Assessor will liaise closely with the employer to ensure that qualifications are achieved within the timescale.

The Training Adviser/Assessor will assess the Apprentice in the workplace as and when required.

Programme Content

Knowledge will be delivered through taught workshops and will include:

  • Theories of play, play types and environments,
  • Principles of practice,
  • Equal Opportunities,
  • Safeguarding,
  • Health and Safety,

Relationships within the play environment.


  • Level 3 Diploma in Playwork
  • Essential Skills Wales Application of Number Level 2
  • Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 2

(In some circumstances previously achieved proxy qualifications may be used)

Progression & Employment

Learners who have successfully completed this Apprenticeship could progress onto a Degree in a related discipline.

Possible job roles could include:

  • Playwork Development Officer,
  • Adventure Centre Supervisor, 
  • Hospital Playworker
  • and Manager of any Playwork Provisions.

Method of Assessment

The qualification will be assessed by your tutor and assessor using a range of methods. This will include direct observations in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.

Entry Requirements

For the Diploma, you will need to be in paid employment in the childcare sector.

Additional Costs

The course will cost £265