Foundation Degree Health Play Specialism

Ready for a rewarding career using play specialism to support sick children? This course will provide you with all of the knowledge needed to use play to aid with children’s cognitive understanding and to minimise trauma. Health play specialists can gain progressional registration with Hospital Play Staff Education Trust (HPSET).

HTQ – Become a Health Play Specialist
This foundation degree is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) . This means it will give you the technical skills and training to move into a Health Play Specialist role.

About this course

Blending theoretical knowledge, practical experience and reflective practice, our foundation degree will teach you to effectively use play as a therapeutic tool in hospitals, the community and home-based settings. Our extensive support and specialist mentoring will prepare you for a challenging yet rewarding career. You will gain a broad understanding of play and recreation as well as relevant policies. In addition, you will explore child development while learning how to enhance resilience in children and young people among other important topics relevant to this field of study.

This course is validated by Luminate Education Group

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Higher technical qualification

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£3,975 (per academic year) - For home students commencing study in 2023

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University Centre

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Start Date

September 2023

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2 years

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Modules may include:

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Skills for Academic Study (20 credits)
  • Developmental Approaches to Play (20 credits)
  • Developing Professional Practice (Professional occupational standards) (40 credits)
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills (20 credits)
  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Young People (20 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Critical Reflection on Practice (Professional occupational standards) (40 credits)
  • Therapeutic Play Interventions (20 credits)
  • Ethical Working Practices in Healthcare (20 credits)
  • Work Based Project (20 credits)
  • Supporting Emotional Health and Wellbeing of the Sick Child (20 credits)