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FdScHealth Care Play Specialism

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Why study a health care play specialist foundation degree at Solent

Gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary to practice as a health play specialist, supporting infants, children and young people through their healthcare journey.

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  • Study this course via distance learning, enabling you to study anywhere in the world.
  • Develop your professional knowledge, skills and behaviours developed through professional practice portfolio.
  • Students who successfully complete the course can become eligible to join the public register of Health Play Specialists and to use the job title ‘Registered HPS’.

Course overview

This FdSc Health Care Play Specialism offers the opportunity for those with a background in childcare to gain the skills and experience required to practice as a Health Play Specialist.

Throughout the programme, you’ll be guided by an experienced and approachable course team, who draw on their professional experience within their teaching. You will explore areas such as the interdisciplinary study of the development of children and young people, including policies, practices and issues affecting them. The physical and mental welfare of human beings in their social and cultural context.

Upon successful completion, you’ll achieve a foundation degree in health care play specialism and be able to register with the Healthcare Play Specialist Education Trust.

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Email: 023 8201 5066

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Course features

  • Distance learning

    You can study this course anywhere in the world. The course will be delivered through online study

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally suited to those with a background in level 3 childcare or a related field, looking to progress into health care play specialism roles in hospitals, child development centres, hospices, or within community paediatric teams.

What does this course lead to?

Many health play specialists work in hospitals, but others are employed in child development centres, hospices, or within community paediatric teams. With experience, you could progress to team leader or team manager. You could also train in other healthcare professions, such as nursing or occupational therapy.

Meet the team

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.

Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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