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Transition to Playwork L3 Award (Distance Learning at National Extension College *Fees Payable*

Course description



If you currently work in an early years setting and are interested in branching out and moving into working in a play environment with older children, this qualification will give you the credentials you need to take the next step. This home study course will introduce you to the key theories and principles of playwork, such as risk management and the importance of supporting the different needs and rights of children through a diverse setting. Gaining this qualification will mean you are able to work in environments such as after-school clubs, adventure centres and holiday clubs and give you the skills and confidence you need to work in a playwork setting. 


You should allow for approximately 80 hours' study time. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 6 months from the date of enrolment.

Course content

Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork units

  • Understand aspects of playwork practice
  • Understand the theories underpinning playwork practice

Entry requirements

You will need to be at least 18 years of age and hold a Level 3 Early Years qualification that covers the National Occupational Standards for Children’s Care, Learning and Development.


This course is delivered online and assessment will consist of a portfolio of evidence in different formats such as learning plans, written tasks and discussion.

Financial information



It’s your choice: pay in full and discount your course fees, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.


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NEC acts as a credit intermediary and only offers credit through Pay4Later with Omni Capital finance. Finance is offered subject to age and status. Other options available, please contact us for details or to enrol.

NEC will register you for this qualification with the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE).The £53 registration fee is not included in your course fee and will need to be paid in addition at the time of enrolment.

Further information

You’ll work through this course using the NEC Laser: an online learning system that makes completing your course – submitting your work, doing activities and getting feedback – straightforward and enjoyable. The system is easy to use and all the work you complete is recorded in your learner profile, forming an online portfolio.

As this course is delivered online, you will need a computer with an internet connection, word processing software, Flash Player and Acrobat Reader. You will need to be confident using the internet, sending and receiving emails with attachments and producing basic documents using a word processor.

To gain this qualification you will need to register with CACHE. We will take care of this process, but you will need to pay an additional registration fee which is not included in the price of your course.

If you are based overseas it is essential that you contact our course advice team before enrolling on this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact National Extension College *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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