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Playwork Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced) at Blackburn College

Course description

The Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Playwork is designed for those individuals who are looking to further develop their knowledge and skills to progress their careers in the sector or for those who are already employed in a play setting looking for career progression. You must be over 18 years of age to apply for this Apprenticeship and be willing to undergo disclosure and barring Service checks (this is needed as apprentices are likely to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults). You must also be flexible as there may be a requirement to work shifts. 

Course content

Selection of units from the Diploma in Playwork Level 2

  • Working within a play environment with children and young people
  • Playwork Principles Supporting Children and Young People's Play
  • Relationships in the Play Environment
  • Health and safety in the Play Environment
  • The Safeguarding and Welfare of Children and Young People in the Play Environment
  • Developing Own Playwork and Team Practice (knowledge - 3 credits)
  • Contribute to the Health, Safety, Security and Welfare of Children and Young People using the Play Environment

Selection of units from the Diploma in Playwork Level 3

  • Understand playwork principles
  • Understand children and young people's self-directed play
  • Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people
  • Understand the organisational framework for play
  • Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people
  • Understand relationships in the play environment (knowledge - 3 credits)
  • Understand how to plan for and support children and young people's self-directed play
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.


You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Course Work
  • Exams
  • Discussion
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstration

Future opportunities

On completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Playwork programme, apprentices can further progress their careers in the sector. Playwork qualifications are available at level 2 and above reflecting job roles within a Play work setting. Apprentices can also progress onto an advanced level programme such as the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Playwork.

On completion of the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Playwork you will be able to become assistant managers and managers in play settings and be responsible for qualified staff. Play workers are employed by local authorities, voluntary organisations or private companies.

Once you have completed your Advanced Apprenticeship you will also be able to apply to a range of Universities or take up employment as a practioner in the Early Years setting. Many students progress to University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation.

Particular courses students progress on to include: 

  • Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree FdA
  • Positive Practice with Children & Young People Foundation Degree FdA
  • Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice) Foundation Degree FdA

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackburn College directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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