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Childhood Development and Playwork
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Childhood Development and Playwork

International Scholarships available

Overview

Examine the sociology and psychology of children and childhood, focusing on the importance of play in the development of the child. You will explore the fields of playwork practice, policy development, environmental design and organisational leadership and management. You will be supported to develop a personalised and career-focused learning pathway, and you will be able to apply your learning by taking part in a range of supervised learning placements in the UK or abroad..



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: we entered an increased number of units for this assessment, up from 11% in 2008 to 33% in 2014.

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During years one and two you will take part in experiential learning placements. You will learn from your own experiences, enhancing and improving your employability skills and creating networks within a professional environment. Placements take place across a variety of settings such as out of school clubs, children's farms, adventure playgrounds, hospitals or prison visiting rooms. You will have the opportunity to do your second year placement overseas in countries including Ghana, the USA and China.

All of our tutors are experienced and practising playworkers and you will be assessed through ongoing course work without the need to sit an exam.

For more information on our Childhood Development & Playwork team and to discover what projects you could be involved with as a student, follow them on Twitter: @LBUPlayworking

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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BA (Hons) Playwork - Noma Gwesela-Mweemba, Graduate

Entry Requirements

CLEARING
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

CLEARING ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Places available on this course through Clearing. Please call us on 0113 812 3113 to discuss your qualifications, skills and experience. We are interested in hearing from students who are passionate about the subject and we will assess your application on a range of factors including, but not limited to, your performance in examinations and assessments.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSE English Language.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Work Experience
Evidence of working with young people and/or community groups is required. This is normally expected to be 150 hours part-time (paid or voluntary) or 3 months full-time equivalent. Direct entry to level 6 is available to applicants who hold a professional qualification or a DipHE in a related area. Part-time students must have at least 10 hours paid work in a relevant area and be supported by a named supervisor.
Interviews:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. The dates that interviews will be held are:
    2017/18:
  • 4 December
  • 18 December
  • 11 January
  • 1 February
  • 22 February
  • 14 March
  • 4 April
  • 4 May
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

CLEARING ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Places available on this course through Clearing. Please call us on 0113 812 3113 to discuss your qualifications, skills and experience. We are interested in hearing from students who are passionate about the subject and we will assess your application on a range of factors including, but not limited to, your performance in examinations and assessments.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSE English Language.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Work Experience
Evidence of working with young people and/or community groups is required. This is normally expected to be 150 hours part-time (paid or voluntary) or 3 months full-time equivalent. Direct entry to level 6 is available to applicants who hold a professional qualification or a DipHE in a related area. Part-time students must have at least 10 hours paid work in a relevant area and be supported by a named supervisor.
Interviews:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. The dates that interviews will be held are:
    2017/18:
  • 4 December
  • 18 December
  • 11 January
  • 1 February
  • 22 February
  • 14 March
  • 4 April
  • 4 May
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Andy Hinchcliffe

Careers

Andy Hinchcliffe
Children's Centre Manager Wyke Community & Children’s Centre

“I came from a playwork background, but my studies at Leeds Beckett really improved my skillset as a manager and helped put everything I’d been doing into context. I met many new friends and even teamed up with some of them to set up a new business, travelling around the world to places like Costa Rica, Egypt and the US to deliver playwork training.

Teaching and learning

You will become an informed playwork and childhood development practitioner who is skilled in practice and in theory. You will be able to engage with the complexity of play and its benefits for the child and wider community. You will also critically understand the political and social drivers that affect playwork provision. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study; the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for 2019 entry, therefore the information below is correct for students joining us in 2018/19 but there may be changes for students who wish to join us in 2019/20. The full confirmed details of the course as it will be offered for 2019/20 will be published from December 2018. Check this page from that point for details of the course you can expect to study.

Gain the core skills required for a career in playwork and to work in a placement environment in a supervised manner. You will study play theories, the diversity of playwork provision and the sociology of childhood.
Overall workload
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438 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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402 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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360 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
100%
Core Modules

Study play theories and assesses their impact on the development of playwork theory and practice. You will be prepared for the Experiential Learning Modules through the incorporation of alumni led seminars, supporting you to develop a network of playwork contacts.

Study the sociology of childhood by examining a range of theoretic principles which underpin our understanding of the nature and meaning of childhood in the UK and globally. You will use relevant case studies to analyse the effects of the relationship between public opinion, media coverage and social policy processes on children's lived experiences over time and place.

Engage with a range of agencies to gain an appreciation for the diversity of playwork provision, and to ensure that their personal aims are met in planning, preparing and evaluating their role as both practitioners and active learners with the context of the programme.

Engage as a member of a community of practice in establishing your own experiential learning opportunities in which you will develop your practical and analytical approach to playwork by testing a range of core theories, principles and assumptions which inform their self-determined practice aims.

You will develop your employability skills by examining and evaluating processes of teamwork, organisational structure, socio-cultural contexts and playwork delivery with a view to making recommendations for practice development informed by the application of theory.

Develop a creative approach to your playwork practice through a mix of workshops, lectures and off-site visits to play settings.

Deepen your core knowledge of playwork and consider the wider context of practice. You will also begin to tailor your course by studying playwork in specific settings.
Overall workload
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415 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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425 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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360 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
100%
Core Modules

Develop your practice skills and employability by equipping them with a broad range of professional development opportunities responsive to and reflective of the ever-changing socio-political context of the sector and academic progression of the course.

Consider the consequences of your reflections on 'taken for granted' or 'received wisdoms' of practice in relation to the conceptualisation of adult/child interactions as a social construct. Students are supported to challenge 'best practice' principles within theories of social constructionism and social conditioning.

Gain a deeper understanding of the role and responsibilities of the playworker through processes of analysis, evaluation and reflection. You will also prepare for experiential learning. You will comprehend the origins, aims and methods of playwork, including being able to demonstrate a knowledge of playwork institutions, both locally and nationally.

Build on the core and transferable skills of teamwork practice and analysis by examining and evaluating the structure and management of a chosen agency with view to developing and agency development plan.

Analyse the children's rights debate by employing principles developed in the corresponding Year 1 module. Use sociological analysis to evaluate factors informing and driving the children's rights agenda with view to establishing a playwork specific model of rights provision.

Option modules may include:

Explore environmental psychology, play environment design principles and children's geographies. Central to the module is a field trip, focusing on provision and opportunities for play in two contrasting environments.

Determine your own personal elective route of learning and facilitate personal development in learning and practice within a wide range of study programmes.

Identify how provision in the built and natural environment supports children's play and understand how modification of those environments can develop and extend children's play opportunities. Through the creation of artefacts and environments to support play, you will develop your understanding of relevant theory and practice. You will study the bodies of knowledge around design, inclusivity, environmental psychology and play as they interrelate.

Explore many of the core concepts of developmental psychology and how they relate to children's play, develop knowledge of techniques for assessing the suitability and appropriateness in order to meet the play needs of children and to apply behavioural and environmental analysis to the children and the provision in which playworkers work.

Practise the skills required for effective play development work. You will engage with a play agency to identify appropriate small and large projects, suitable funding mechanisms and how to involve children and their communities in the project.

Advance your skills in the context of the roles that professional playworkers may undertake, which include research approaches and managerial skills. Gain a global perspective in playwork practice. You will further tailor your course to your career interests and complete a dissertation.
Overall workload
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351 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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849 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
6%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
94%
Core Modules

Engage with a range of academic, professional and political literature relating to the position of children, childhood and play in UK society. You will aim to develop a debate from selected readings that relate to the political position of childhood and its relationship to changes in the State, its legislative apparatus and political culture.

Gain an introduction to research methods, and in particular the issue of ethical considerations in research with children. You will choose a theme for the focus of the study, and provide a critical analysis of that theme with reference to your own research and the theory and practice of playwork.

Explore recent play and playwork theories in depth, and focus upon the nature of playwork practitioner research. You are then taken through a guided process of working together in groups, where you have the opportunity to explore an issue related to your own professional practice.

Option modules may include:

Determine your personal elective route of learning and facilitate personal development in learning and practice within a wide range of study programmes.

Study many of the core concepts of developmental psychology and how they relate to children's play, develop knowledge of techniques for assessing the suitability and appropriateness of provision in order to meet the play needs of children and apply behavioural and environmental analysis to the children and the provision in which playworkers work.

Practise and critique play development skills set in the context of sustainability and consultation processes. You will develop skills and knowledge in needs analysis, political and social environment review, creative leadership and management skills and strategies for community involvement.

Identify how provision in the built and natural environment supports children's play and understand how modification of those environments can develop and extend play opportunities.

Gain an introduction to the theory and practice of therapeutic playwork. You will explore a combination of the theory and practice of playwork, developmental psychology and play therapy.

Study the skills, knowledge and understanding required to teach and train adults. You will practise and critique training skills within the context of your own professional playwork practice.

Alexandra Long
Alexandra Long
Course Director

Alexandra Long is a Senior Lecturer and has taught on the BA (Hons) Playwork course since 2011. Alexandra’s research interests include evaluation of children’s play services, outcomes for children’s play provision and the commissioning of children’s play services.

The BA (Hons) Childhood Development and Playwork course offers students a professional qualification to work with children. The integral placement opportunities enable students to explore theory in practice and to develop the skills and confidence to be a competent playwork practitioner in preparation for employment.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Placements
The University makes a financial contribution to travel expenses for placements, but students may need to pay towards their own travel expenses beyond this. Travel expenses thresholds are tiered dependent on the location of the placement. Students can claim public transport receipted costs as follows: regional travel up to £300, national travel up to £500, international placement travel up to £750. Any costs above those limits are incurred by the student.

Students are able to choose a placement location or secure one themselves that may be convenient for travel.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Placements
International students will be required to cover any travel and accommodation costs of placements.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

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