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Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Playwork SVQ Level 4

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 8

Study mode Part time

Duration 52 weeks

Start date Oct 2021

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Course overview

Playwork SVQ Level 4 is a workplace qualification designed for those working in a playwork setting in a senior role. The role of a playworker is to support all children and young people and create a safe and interesting play area. This could be in an out of school care club, a playgroup or a school holiday provision. The focus of this course is on a child-led play that enables children to develop and learn through following their own ideas and interests. 
 

A career in playwork is more than just a job. With plenty of opportunities for progression, each day can be different, full of variety and full of adventures. Take your next step towards changing your life and the lives of children. This course will give you the essential knowledge and skills you will need to enhance your employability skills. You will be assigned an individual assessor who will observe your work practice in your own work and support you throughout your qualification.

The course will take place over two academic years and will include a range of learning opportunities including attending monthly classes at Edinburgh College, tutorial sessions with assessors and online learning and research. This course can be used as a progression route to the PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF Level 9 for anyone working towards qualification as a manager/lead practitioner. 

What you will learn

  • Current Playwork Theory: including loose parts, play types and play cycle
  • Leadership and Management in a Playwork Setting
  • Operational Planning for your Organisation
  • Reviewing and Developing Policies and Procedures
  • Reflecting on and Developing your Own Practice
  • Supporting Colleagues
  • Effective Teamwork

Placement information

  • As you are already in employment there is no placement aspect of this course

How the course is assessed

  • You will be continually assessed through reflective accounts, observations, tasks and questions 
  • You will be assigned an assessor who will visit your workplace to undertake observations of your practice 
  • You will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence measured against national standards of competency 

Number of days per week

  • One two-hour class per month (morning or evening) 

Entry requirements

  • SVQ Level 3 in Playwork or Social Services Children and Young People or HNC Early Education and Childcare or equivalent 
  • You must be working within a playwork or childcare setting in a supervisory role 

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • You will be invited to attend a group interview so assess if this is the correct course for you 

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 6.0

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF 9
  • BA Childhood Practice

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Part time 06/10/21 52 Weeks

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