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Advanced Apprenticeship Playwork (Level 3)

Key course information

Early Years


1.5 years


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Course Overview

All children need to play – freely chosen, personally directed play is fundamental for the development of young people. The role of the playworker is to support children and young people in creating a space for play, ensuring they are following their own instincts and ideas. With an advanced apprenticeship in playwork, you’ll work towards a senior role with children and young people in a variety of play environments. You’ll be learning on the job, gaining hands-on experience which is invaluable for further study or seeking employment. Your time in the workplace will be enriched by teaching from our experienced lecturers, building the academic knowledge and skills you need to improve your practice with young people and take you to the next level.

What will I learn?

A range of core and optional units will develop your knowledge and understanding in a variety of areas, equipping you for the support and development of children and young people when creating play spaces. You’ll cover how to develop and maintain a healthy, safe and secure play environment for children and young people, and develop your understanding on supporting positive outcomes. You’ll be prepared for a range of work environments, from nurseries to primary schools, or you could go on to further study and research, innovating playwork and making changes in the ways children use their imagination to develop.

Entry Requirements

Initial Assessments.

Level 2 in English, Maths and ICT – if a recognised qualification at Level 2 is not held they are required to complete these prior to completion of the certificate.

Learners need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in a setting to demonstrate appropriate competencies.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Apprentice will complete workplace observations, portfolio of evidence and written assignment.

20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship.

Completion of ERR

Additional Costs and Information

The duration of the course is a minimum of 18 months, with a maximum of 24 months.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Early Years

Career Opportunities

  • Nursery Manager
  • Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant

  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)
  • Children's Nurse
  • Child Psychologist

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