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17starr
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Hi, I’m currently in my first year of a childhood studies degree. And after graduating I’d like to go into hospital play specialism. I’ve looked on the NHS website it says it requires a specific level 4 qualification that only certain colleges provide in the country. Would I still be able go into this career with my degree or is it pointless.
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My current degree is fine, there’s dozens of options for me to go into I was more specifically tslking about the different qualification the role requires. Play therapy is the career I want in in either format and yes it’s a few abs far opportunity but I was just asking if I should give up my current studies for it
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Hey!
I did early childhood studies for my degree and at one point i even looked into working as a hospital play specialist too (though i did not end up going down that career path). From what i know, the NHS website is right. You need a specific qualification from one of the education providers they have listed.

Since you are only a couple of months into your degree, there's no harm in going for that play specialist qualification.
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According to BAPT's website, if you want to work as a play therapist (I'm assuming outside of hospitals), you need a bachelors in a related field, including childhood studies? Maybe if you continue with the degree you can go into it that way instead?
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(Original post by 17starr)
Hi, I’m currently in my first year of a childhood studies degree. And after graduating I’d like to go into hospital play specialism. I’ve looked on the NHS website it says it requires a specific level 4 qualification that only certain colleges provide in the country. Would I still be able go into this career with my degree or is it pointless.
What degree do you have/currently studying for?

I am an early years graduate and one of my friend went on to be an NHS play worker working on the play team. She asked her manager about the hospital play specialism course and because she already had a degree, her manager told her she needs to wait for NHS funding? and for a place on the course but they didn't have it in that time. Shes now on her way to applying for a second degree funded by the NHS but as a paediatric nurse.

I suggest you talk to a careers advisor at your uni? x

p.s you can be a nhs play assistant/worker on a ward with any childcare experience.
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