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Childhood Development and Playwork
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Gain the knowledge and practical experience required to work with children and young people across an array of careers

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    City Campus

Your Course

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We have the only Professor of Playwork in the world leading our Playwork programmes and research.
Entry Requirements
96 points required
UCAS Tariff Points: 96 points required. (Minimum 64 points from two A levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
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 Lanugage.
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 - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details.
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.

UCAS Tariff Points:96 points required. (Minimum 64 points from two A levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
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 Lanugage.
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 - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details.
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

  • Michelle Bartram
  • Andy Hinchcliffe

Careers

Michelle Bartram
, Old Quarry Adventure Playground

BA (Hons) Playwork (now (BA Hons) Childhood Development & Playwork)

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“Returning to education after working in an office for 12 years was daunting, but I was really looked after. I built a great relationship with my tutors - it was through their help and the work placement that I secured my current job. I now drive to work with a huge smile on my face everyday.

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

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“"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."

MODULES & LEARNING

Play & Playwork - Practice & Provision

Creative Playwork

Childhood & Society - The Nature & Meaning of Childhood

Experiential Learning: Preparation & Reflection

Experiential Learning: Practice & Employability

Experiential Larning: Objectives & Efficacy

Experiential Learning: Critical Reflexivity

Experiential Learning: Professional Development

Play & Playwork: Principles, Policies & Practice

Childhood & Society, Rights & Participation

Developing Through Play

Play Development & Management

Play Environments

Independent Study

Training the Trainer

Play & Playwork: Working Together

Playwork Dissertation

Childhood & Society - Playwork & the Wider Professional Context

Developing Through Play 2

Play Development & Management 2

Play Environments 2

Therapeutic Playwork

Independent Study 2

Training the Trainer 2

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.

  • Alexandra Long
    Alexandra Long Alexandra Long
    Senior Lecturer

    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.

    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.

  • BA (Hons) Playwork - Noma Gwesela-Mweemba, Graduate

    Play BA (Hons) Playwork - Noma Gwesela-Mweemba, Graduate Video
FEES & FUNDING
Undergraduate tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are currently subject to approval and confirmation by the UK Government. Further details will be provided here in due course as soon as an announcement is made.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

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.

An amazing place to spend your days

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

Need more convincing?
Next Undergraduate Open Day

If you are thinking of applying to Leeds Beckett attending an Open Day is the best way to find out more about us, your course and get a feel for life on campus.

Open Day Information
  • Campus Tours
    Our Campus Tours take place on Wednesday afternoons at 13:00* throughout the academic year.
  • Online Open Days
    Join us at our Online Open Days on the first Wednesday of the month.
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