For learners - FAQs

Level 2

Do I need to be a playworker to do P3?

Anyone who works (either paid or as a volunteer) in a place where children play can gain a great deal from these courses and raise the quality of the play experience in their setting.

The courses add to the understanding, confidence and competence of teachers, teaching assistants, lunchtime supervisors, childcare workers, youth and community workers and many more.

To achieve the P3 qualification you will need to complete the course assessment, which comprises of a range of written work, and a number of hours of playwork practice.

 What kind of commitment will I need to make?

To gain this qualification you will need to attend 80% of the course in addition to meeting the assessment and playwork practice requirements. 

AWARD – around 30 hours of teaching plus an additional 15 hours of homework, and 35 hours of playwork practice. The assessments require around 20 hours of work.

CERTIFICATE – around 25 hours of teaching plus an additional 15 hours of homework, and 35 hours of playwork practice. The assessments require around 25 hours of work.

DIPLOMA – around 45 hours of teaching plus an additional 20 hours of homework, and 70 hours of playwork practice. The assessments require around 60 hours of work.

Playwork practice hours can be paid or unpaid (voluntary) and undertaken at any suitable setting where you facilitate children's play. These hours are important as they allow time for you to put into practice what you have learnt and they are part of the course requirements. 

Is there much academic work involved?

The course is designed to be hands-on, fun and all about experience so it will appeal to anyone who wants to learn, whatever their academic background.

Every learner is given a handbook (in either English or Welsh) to back up their learning as they go along. The handbook also contains forms that you will need to complete and return in order to gain a qualification.

Some written work is required, but its emphasis is on your relationship with the children you work with, your thinking and the way you have put your learning into practice.

Can I use my own language?

At present we can deliver courses, assess learners and accept written work in English and in Welsh.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a number of ways:

  1. By observation by an assessor, as you work
  2. By completing observations of children playing
  3. By making reflective accounts and reports on areas of your practice with children playing.
  4. By completing case studies and assessed discussions
  5. By questions

 

Level 3 


What is the difference between level 2 and level 3?

Both qualifications share a common ethos and structure. The key difference is that level 3 involves a much greater scale and depth of understanding and requires a greater commitment from the learner, both in the classroom and in the workplace.

Can I go straight on to level 3 without a level 2 qualification?

Yes. However we would strongly recommend all learners undertake a level 2 playwork qualification (such as P3 level 2) and have some knowledge of playwork theory and practice.

What kind of commitment will I need to make?

To gain this qualification you will need to attend 80% of the course in addition to meeting the assessment and playwork practice requirements

AWARD – around 45 hours of teaching plus an additional 15 hours of homework, and 20 hours of playwork practice. The assessments require around 40 hours of work.

CERTIFICATE – around 72 hours of teaching plus an additional 26 hours of homework, and 60 hours of playwork practice. The assessments require around 60 hours of work.

DIPLOMA – around 92 hours of teaching plus an additional 34 hours of homework, and 100 hours of playwork practice. The assessments require around 85 hours of work.

Any playwork practice hours carried out should be at level 3, i.e. acting as playworker in charge or senior playworker.

Is there much academic work involved?

P3 level 3 involves much more work than level 2. Learners are expected to produce various types of written work and should have a reasonable general level of education sufficient to cope with a level 3 qualification.

As with the level 2 every learner is given a handbook to back up their learning as they go along.

Can I use my own language?

At present we can deliver courses, assess learners and accept written work in English and in Welsh.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a number of ways:

  1. By observation by an assessor as you work
  2. By completing observations and reflections of children playing
  3. By assessed in-class discussions
  4. By making reflective diary entries and reports on areas of your practice with children
  5. By case studies with accompanying questions
  6. By completing briefing papers
  7. By presentation
  8. By final evaluative report