NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Playwork

Health, Public Services and Care, Playwork
Nested Qualification
Registration and Certification Fee

Level 3
Minimum entry age
Credit Value

This qualification is now withdrawn and we are no longer able to take learner registrations. The support materials for this qualification will not be updated.

A suitable replacement/alternative to this withdrawn qualification is the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Playwork (610/0644/0)

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification provides information about the role of the Level 3 playworker when working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16. It provides an understanding of the management of play environments and the line management of other staff.

The qualification is mainly knowledge based, with a limited amount of practical application.

What is a nested qualification?

This qualification is nested. Qualifications within a nested suite allow learners to be topped up to a qualification that is the same level and subject within the Certificate, Diploma structure. This can be done by self-service through the Portal. Qualification nests and top-up pricing can be found in our fees list.

Who is it suitable for?

Experienced playworkers who have a wide knowledge and understanding of children and young people and an appreciation of playwork principles and practice.

What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 18 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

How many credits are required to complete it?

The Certificate requires 32 credits.

How is it assessed?

The qualification will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

You will require basic access to a playwork environment.

How long does it take to complete?

You can usually complete the qualification in a year or less.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

A Degree in a related discipline.

Funding for our qualifications

Find out more about funding on the Funding page.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

• Playwork Development Officer
• Adventure Centre Supervisor
• Hospital Playworker
• Manager of any Playwork Provisions

Qualification Specification
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Qualification factsheet
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Qualification Specification (doc)
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SkillsActive Resource List
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Internal assessments will go ahead in 2021/22, therefore moving away from results being based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs), used in 2020 to 2021, where this has been permitted. Students need to prepare a portfolio of evidence. We encourage centres to review our guidance on the types of evidence, and evidence capture, that we permit including e.g. the use of video, photos and other digital means of demonstrating knowledge and skills.

Students are still required to complete the work placement, but the focus should be on learning outcomes and evidencing competence. We have removed the requirement for students to complete a minimum number of placement hours; hours should still be recorded.

The adaptation addendum document contains further information of how learning outcome / evidence of competence needs to be met either within the workplace or via alternative assessment methods. Adaptations should also be applied in line with the ‘HSC, Early Years and Childcare - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance’ document which can be found below.

For further information please see the 2021/22 adaptation addendum document below.

2021-22 AT 60040555 PW V1.0
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HSC, EY and CC - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance 2021_22 V1.0 Sept 2021
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