Healthcare Play Specialism at Cardiff and Vale College - UCAS

Cardiff and Vale College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of West London

Healthcare Play Specialism

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Course summary

Developed in collaboration with the Hospital Play Staff Education Trust (HPSET), this programme has been designed to enable you, as a Level 3 practitioner, to undertake the additional academic study and practice skills required to work towards gaining graduate status as a Healthcare play specialist (HPS). From the beginning you will be actively developing study skills and extending the knowledge and understanding necessary to develop your skills when working with sick children, young people and their families. This intensive course requires a significant amount of independent work to enhance the knowledge and skills developed in class, away from college. In addition to attending college one day a week, applicants are required to secure a placement under the guidance of a HPSET registered, qualified HPS. The placement requires 200 hours of practice per year and is assessed via the completion of a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the achievement of a number of competencies.


Year 1 Modules– (Level 4) Reflecting on Practice (20 credits) Development of Children and Young People (30 credits) Play as a Resource in Healthcare Interventions (30 credits) The Impact of Policy on Practice in Healthcare Settings (30 credits) Year 1 Professional Practice: Practice Assessment Portfolio (10 credits) Year 2 Modules - Level 5 Professionalism – Preparing to be a Registrant (20 credits) Resilience – Understanding the Concept for the Child and Practitioner (30 credits) Management and Leadership in a Healthcare Setting (30 credits) Student Led Practice Investigation (30 credits) Year 2 Professional Practice: Practice Assessment Portfolio (10 credits)

Assessment method

Assessment methods used include: academic essays, literature reviews, written reports, a folder of evidence and assessment of practical skills within the workplace.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A full and relevant level 3 qualification in Early Years, or a related subject, with 2 years work experience in the related field. Also GCSEs grades C or 4 and above in Maths and English. Equivalent level 2 qualifications in English and Maths would be considered. The course is open to volunteer and employed staff in the sector. Volunteer staff will be expected to have arranged their own work placement of a minimum of 200 hours, prior to enrolment on the course. All candidates will have to provide a letter from their supervisor confirming they will be supported with a qualified and HPSET registered mentor throughout the programme

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Applicants need to ensure that the Trust completes an Honorary contract, including all documentation relating to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


The interview process will include a detailed introduction to the programme. This will be a formal presentation by college staff to a group of interviewees. This is followed by a one-to-one interview with a member of the college teaching team to review prior learning, the applicant's current learning needs, and how they will organise themselves to undertake the course.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

We also accept other English language examination equivalents. The standard requirement is at a level B2 in accordance to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). We require a level B2 standard in all of the elements: • reading • writing • speaking • listening.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5950* Year 1
Northern Ireland £5950* Year 1
Scotland £5950* Year 1
Wales £5950* Year 1
Channel Islands £5950* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £5950* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the College library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed on the College website (on individual course pages). Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense. EU students who have settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme, may be eligible for student finance and be designated as a home student for fees purposes. Irish nationals are eligible for support under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Sponsorship information

CAVC has a range of bursaries and scholarships that students on undergraduate, higher education programmes can apply for to support their studies. Applicants can find more information by visiting the college website

Healthcare Play Specialism at Cardiff and Vale College - UCAS