This is the first course of its kind here in the UK and is building on growing interest in social pedagogy. The course links to the successful BA Hons in Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation which is run here at UCLan and has excellent student feedback.
It has been co-produced and will be co-taught by ThemPra, the leading organisation supporting development of social pedagogical practice in the UK. It meets the professional standards of practice as set out by the Social Pedagogue Professional Association.
Links with European partner organisations that use social pedagogy in practice as well as universities that run social pedagogy programmes of study.
The course is taught using experiential teaching techniques and is taught in a fun and creative way. All activities are transferrable into practice and students are encouraged to develop creative practice in their direct work.
Our course offers a social pedagogical perspective to leadership, enabling managers and senior practitioners in leadership roles to apply its principles, theories and philosophy to assist people to develop a culture of care and support within organisations and communities. Social pedagogical leadership also enables professionals to influence decisions and develop, support and sustain positive change using inclusive and empowering practice in working with disadvantaged groups.
This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.
Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA) which is the UK’s only membership organization and the professional home and centre of excellence for social pedagogy, its theory and practice. SPPA holds the Standards for Occupational Proficiency in Social Pedagogy and the Standards of Education and Training in Social Pedagogy. They It also facilitates communities of practice which are spaces where people can learn from each other, supporting the development of Social Pedagogy in the UK. We are working alongside our partners in SPPA and ThemPra to ensure our course development reflects best practice in this emerging field and the MA course meets the Standards of Education and Training in Social Pedagogy.
The majority of lectures are members of the SPPA.
This programme adopts an innovative approach in its teaching and learning methods. It is based on the premise that significant learning is acquired by doing, and that learning involves the whole person participating in learning activities. To achieve this the course uses a range of experiential learning methods including applied theatre, creative writing, reflective exercises, practical and creative workshops, as well as lectures and self-directed study. This delivery plan provides students with the opportunity to develop and apply their understanding of social pedagogy, leadership, theory, values and approaches.
Teaching will draw on interactive and experiential learning through practical activities that let students experience the challenges around leadership and enable the group to apply their learning and reflect on their own value base. Through the use of interactive activities, role play, case studies and sharing practice examples students will be encourage to discuss and apply theory.
Due to current government agenda and policy there is continued change within the social care/work arena aimed at transforming the workforce both in children and adult services. The ability of managers to support change and development has been highlighted as an important part of their role, as well as having the skills to support staff through change process. Supporting staff to work within limited resources whilst also providing high standards of care is also another key feature within the sector, and social pedagogy has been identified as helping support staff to reach this aim.
Social pedagogical leadership will also provide meaningful insight and the skills and knowledge needed for you to design self-managing structures with flat hierarchies, to galvanise your employees’ motivation and commitment to a deeper purpose and recognise them as human beings rather than a brain or pair of hands.
We are hoping to attract international students on to this programme, the benefit of this will be the opportunity for collaborative learning as well as discussions on social pedagogical practice in different countries.
Some of the course team are also involved in a European project focused on social pedagogy across Europe. Again these links will be used within the course with opportunities to enhance learning and will include guest speakers, on-line video session and field/study trips.
Students will also have the opportunity to attend the Social Pedagogy Development network that is run by ThemPra once a year. As well as the annual SPPA conference and webinars hosted by them.
Graduates will be able to apply for management positions within a wide range of social work/care, education and health settings.
There are also potential routes into research and PhD and Professional Doctorial studies.
Social pedagogy is a strengths based approach that connects learning to care and solving social problems. Its philosophy originates from Northern Europe but is increasingly influential in the UK. This course equips you to contribute within community, social care, health and educational occupational settings across the life course. You will be able to model approaches to learning and apply principles and values; increasing the capacity of individuals and communities.
You will participate in the co-production of the teaching, which promotes self-directed, experiential and group based learning. You will explore the contribution of positive activities including art and games. This course will model approaches to learning, participation and relationship based work. At the core of social pedagogy is a commitment to ethics, values and the uniqueness of every individual. These dilemmas will be explored drawing on an understanding of self, relationships and reflection.
You will draw upon an integrated understanding of key themes and disciplines, including sociology, philosophy, social theories of learning and anthropology.
You will benefit from strong collaboration with related disciplines within the University. You will also benefit from opportunities and pathways that have are being established with community partners. There are also possible placement opportunities being identified to complement and deepen learning.
The course requires the completion of five modules and attendance in all three semesters between September 2017 and the beginning of September 2018.
Philosophy and Theory of Social Pedagogy
Approaches and Practices within Social Pedagogy
Engagement and Experiential Learning
Research Methods for Social Pedagogy
The course provides integrated content with an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary focus. You will be required to integrate learning from vocational and professional settings. There is also the opportunity for you to experience placement settings and study visits to organizations within the UK and Europe who we have created links with.
As far as possible learning approaches and content will be co-produced with students.
These may include:
Social Pedagogy is increasing its profile and application within the UK. In the past ten years it has been increasingly applied within residential settings and foster care provision for looked after children. It has also been applied within adult social care settings such as the Camphill learning disability communities in Scotland. Its emphasis on participation, collaboration and co-production means that it is well placed to inform approaches that seek to build, social capital and capabilities of individuals. The above means that it offers applicable skills for those working within, care, and community development, early years, young people’s provision, educational and heath settings. The course will equip those involved in the strategic and policy roles, manager and professionals working within these disciplines.
We have established partnerships with four local housing trusts. These are all involved in developing participation and community projects across the lifespan. We also have links with Salford Children’s Trust. Discussions have also taken place with services for looked after children and care leavers in the region. These will provide possibilities for students to engage with communities as part of experiential learning and to undertake work experience placements where they contribute to social pedagogically informed practice.
On completion of this degree, students would be able to apply to do a PhD in Social Policy, or a related subject area at the University of Salford, or another university within the UK or abroad.
The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment MA will enable students to develop their expertise in curriculum development, teaching and learning, and assessment practices. Students will be able to analyse and reflect on their professional experience, and examine new developments in policy and practice, giving them the skills to become a successful leader, and helping them to create and sustain change.
This programme will help students understand, analyse, debate and evaluate viewpoints, improving their research literacy and research skills, as well as helping them to contribute ideas on what young people need to learn in today's society, and most importantly, why.
Students take modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.
Students select two optional modules from the following:
Students undertake a dissertation of 20,000 words, or a 10,000-word report and an additional optional module.
Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered in collaborative learning groups. Our aim is to develop communities of learners, and we expect students to be active participants in creating new knowledge. All assessment is through coursework.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment MA
Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as heads of department, deputy heads and head teachers in UK schools, while others have jobs as curriculum developers in government education departments. Graduates can also be found working as university lecturers, researchers and PhD students.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
The UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading centre of research and teaching in the field of education, and this programme is unique in the United Kingdom. You will study alongside students from all over the world, learn from tutors who are experts in the area, and become a leader of curriculum reform.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
This programme seeks to support the continuing professional development of practising and prospective physical education teachers, youth physical activity leaders, assistants or coaches working with young people in schools.
It is expected that students taking the programme will develop the skills to allow them to critically evaluate new developments in theory, research and practice and integrate this knowledge where appropriate into their practice. The distinctiveness and knowledge of students graduating from the qualification will place them in an ideal position to inform the future direction of the profession by taking leadership positions and challenging current practices and/or by engaging in further study at PhD level.
The course is based on the latest evidence, research and innovations in the field of physical education and sport pedagogy. Students will learn in a community of learners with likeminded prospective or current practitioners interested in improving young people’s experiences of physical activity and sport. The course will also strengthen students’ capabilities to lead on new directions in the field of physical education and sport pedagogy by engaging with leading and international practitioners and researchers.
This MSc is a flexible programme allowing students to choose the number of years in which they wish to spend completing the degree. The degree can be completed over 1 year as full time or over 2 years as part time. In addition, this MSc aims to support the engagement of those in employment. Students can select to engage with more distance and blended delivery options for modules; altering when they need to attend the university and the number of sessions they need to participate in at the university.
Building on existing qualifications or experience, this MA allows you to:
Aimed at those in education settings who are interested in building on their existing qualifications or experience. You will be supported by a personal mentor and supervisor
MA in Pedagogy and Practice can be studied one year full-time, or up to five years part-time, with start dates available in January and September.
You study three core modules:
And a specialised module in pedagogy in practice.
You then complete a 60 credit dissertation which will allow you to identify and examine a topic of interest to you.
You have the option of leaving the programme at the end of stage 1 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or at the end of stage 2 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education as long as you have earned sufficient credits.
* All modules are subject to availability.
Our Masters students explore a range of current educational practice, looking at key issues and policy.
Graduates leave with reflective and practical skills and the knowledge they need to contribute to their chosen learning community.