Playwork (Level 4)

Edinburgh College


Sighthill Campus


SVQ 4 Playwork is a workplace qualification designed for those working in a senior role in a playwork setting. 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 child-led play that enables children to develop and learn through following their own ideas and interests.

This course will give you the essential knowledge and skills you will need to develop your knowledge and 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.

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.

Entry Requirements

SVQ 3 in Playwork or Social Services Children and Young People or HNC Childhood Practice. You must be working within a playwork or childcare setting in a supervisory role. Group Interview.

Progression Routes

BA Childhood Practice or PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF Level 9.

Start Date





at SCQF Level 8

Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

18 months


Childhood Practice

SCQF Level