Healthcare Play Specialism NESCOT Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of West London


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Course summary

Nescot is pleased to work with the University of West London, in delivering the Foundation Degree in Healthcare Play Specialism. The course is designed for individuals wishing to study for a career as a registered Health Play Specialist. This degree supports the development of professional competencies in the field of therapeutic play for children and young people in hospital and community healthcare settings. Successful completion of the programme leads to registration with the Healthcare Play Specialist Education Trust (HPSET).

This is a two-year part-time course. It runs one day a week at Nescot. If you are not employed in the sector, then you are required to undertake a 200-hour hospital placement in year one and year two of the course. It is an expectation that work placements have been arranged prior to enrolment on the programme.

Course details


Module titles at Level 4 (Year 1):
•Using Evidence in Health & Social Care
•SEARCH for Health
•Child Development
•Children and Young People: Policy & Practice
•Play & Recreation
•Reflective Skills & Practice Assessment

Module titles at Level 5 (Year 2):

•Children and Young People: Leadership & Management
•Health in Children & Young People
•The Child, Family & Society
•Enhancing Resilience in Children & Young People
•Investigating Resources & Practice Assessment

Assessment method

Assessment is through a combination of academic essays, literature reviews, written reports, folder of evidence and exercises through the College's Virtual Learning Environment. Assessment of practical skills is undertaken in the workplace throughout both Level 4 and Level 5 of the course. Students are required to attend all modules to be eligible to progress and pass the module.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code 4655
Institution code N49
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Level 3 in Childcare or a related field

Entry Requirements
•GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above, or equivalent Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy
•Minimum of a relevant Level 3 qualification in Childcare or a related field
•Minimum of two years’ post qualification employment, working with children
•Good communication skills
•Evidence of continuous professional development
•Evidence of current, regular and relevant employment in the sector
•Identification of a registered Play Specialist to act as work-based mentor
•Commitment to negotiate and complete a 200-hour placement each year, if not already employed in a hospital

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Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

Good communication skills

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fee for 2017 entry - Annual Fees £4,500 Plus £100 indexation fee to HPSET

Provider information

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