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Healthcare Play Specialism: Foundation Degree

Course information

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).

Course Code:N4655
Study Type:Part Time
Academic Level:Level 5
Awarded by:University of West London
Course Length

Two years. (6 hours per week in College, plus 200 hours per year in placement)

Start Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2022 at 10:00am

Course Detail

Please note you can also apply via UCAS for this course: https://www.ucas.com/explore/uni-detail/cb222c5f-5...

This is a two-year part-time course. It runs one day a week at Nescot. Students 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 with a registered Health Play specialist have been arranged prior to enrolment on the programme.

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

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Assessment is through a combination of academic essays, literature reviews, written reports, folder of evidence and exercises through the College's Virtual Learning Environment.

Please find the Programme Handbook here

Course Fees

£4,600 per year

Concession: NO
Government Subsidised: NO
Student Loan Available: YES (Higher Education Loan Available)

Full fee information here

Please note: Fees are for 2022/23 entry and are for UK students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Additional cost: £100 indexation fee to HPSET.

Entry Requirements

Entry criteria:

  • 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
Other Information

If you would like to learn more about this course please contact Norma Jun-Tai at njuntai@nescot.ac.uk

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Last updated - 27/06/22