Foundation Degree (FdA) Healthcare 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. Healthcare play specialists can gain progressional registration with Hospital Play Staff Education Trust (HPSET).


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 subject to validation by Leeds City College

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£3,975 (per academic year)

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University Centre

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Start Date

September 2021
September 2022

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2 years

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Modules may include:

Year 1 

  • SEARCH for Health
  • Using Evidence in Health and Social Care
  • Children and Young People: Policy and Practice
  • Child Development
  • Play and Recreation 
  • Reflective Skills and Practice Assessment 

Year 2

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