Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation  BA (Hons)

Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation BA (Hons)

School of Social Work, Care and Community




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: this is a three-year course delivered on campus one day a week, Years 1 and 2 include a compulsory 5-day residential module and all three years will include an online module.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    3X17; Short form: BA SPAP

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Prepare yourself for a career working in community settings with people of all ages, backgrounds or ethnicities with this course which focuses on bringing about positive change in lives and social relationships. This is achieved by understanding events and interactions through dialogue and critical reflection. Social pedagogy is concerned with holistic education, care and wellbeing. The theory and practice of social pedagogy is well-established in many countries and UK employers have now developed a keen interest in its use in social and health based occupations (examples include youth justice, foster care, forest schools, youth work, residential care, community development and public health). Advocacy is concerned with supporting others to have their voice heard on issues that are important to them; and enabling them to defend, promote and safeguard their rights. Participation is about getting people involved in decisions and taking action to bring about change. This degree will equip you with the experience, skills and knowledge needed for employment in this sector. 

Entry Requirements

112 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access course with 112 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate - 28P
IELTS 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

We also welcome applications from people who may not have the precise level of formal qualifications, but whose life and/or work has given them relevant experience and understanding. Please get in touch with the course leader if you have any questions about this.

Clearing 2017 - Secure your place

Course at a Glance

Year 1

Module 1 - Philosophy and ethics of Social pedagogy, participation 1
Module 2 - Communication theory
Module 3 - Rights, advocacy and citizenship based approach
Module 4 - Practical and creative
Module 5 - Sociology


Year 2

  Module 1 - Philosophy and ethics of Social pedagogy, participation 2
Module 2 - Legal framework
Module 3 - International study – Comparative approaches to practice
Module 4 - Psycho-social module
Module 5 - Social enterprise – innovation – research 1


Year 3

Module 1 - Philosophy and ethics of Social pedagogy, participation 3
Module 2 - Social policy and politics
Module 4 - Social enterprise – innovation – research 2
Module 4 - Dissertation project


Further Information

The course draws upon core theories from related disciplines such as sociology, education, politics, psychology and philosophy. It will prepare you for work with adults, children and young people, using a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding of emotions and relationships, combined with hands-on creative activities and practical action.

Course highlights:

  • This is the first course in the UK bringing together social pedagogy, advocacy and participation.
  • The course will provide you with work experience, individual tutor support and teaching from experienced lecturers and research staff.
  • Mixed mode of delivery including work experience, taught modules, individual tutorials, online modules and residential trips. You will either be working in a relevant occupation already or will be supported to gain work experience during the course. As well as time spent on residential trips and in work experience you will need to attend the University one day a week for the three year course.
  • The degree is delivered in a different way to traditional forms of classroom based education. The creative/hands on nature of social pedagogy means that the teaching itself will be delivered in an interactive and enjoyable way.
  • A range of opportunities such as travel abroad.

Do you want to?

  • Build your confidence
  • Learn in a creative and informal environment
  • Develop your creativity and communication skills
  • Learn how to work with individuals, groups and communities
  • Understand societies and how to change them
  • Gain work experience and/or set up and run a social innovation project
  • A range of opportunities such as travel abroad.

Do you want to help others to?
  • Stand up for their rights
  • Feel respected and supported
  • Build on their strengths and create positive futures

Pedagogy Image 1 

Pedagogy Image 2

Pedagogy 3 

Pedagogy 4


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You can apply through Clearing now to start this September. Call us on 01772 830777

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: N/A

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Experiential learning methods such as team-building, problem solving and group activities will be particularly important, because they build on and develop personal reflection (a key component of Social Pedagogy practice). Group work will offer a context for obtaining a balance between ‘professional’ and personal perspectives and for developing your confidence and understanding. The two residential trips each represent a full module. Some modules will be delivered via online resources, with discussion groups and tutor support to share learning. Every student will have a personal academic tutor throughout the course.


Building relationships and working with people are a central part of this degree and you will undertake paid or volunteer experience across the three years. You will be able to use existing relevant work, or volunteer in a range of settings including community based projects with adults and residential child care. In Years 2 and 3 the social enterprise modules will give you the knowledge, skills and support to learn how to develop your own project or organisation to work with people.


Feedback from students who have taken our related module ‘Introduction to Social Pedagogy’:

The social pedagogy module helped me learn a more holistic approach to working with people. I learnt to adopt a more person centred approach; such as setting goals and supporting people to reach their goals, without doing it all for them. This approach is more person focused - the aim is to build relationships with people we work for in order to support them to achieve their goals.

During this module we got to do lots of problem solving and group activities. This made us work together and allowed us to get to know one another and build trust. These experiences helped build my confidence and gave me a new way of working with people.

Naomi Rachael Mclellan-Edwards, 2nd Year Student

I love the social pedagogy module. It is taught in a more interactive and inclusive environment rather than in the normal class based setting. This approach has really helped me to learn about theory and practice. For me pedagogy relates to non-hierarchical relationships. Social pedagogy uses a humanistic value base where mutual respect thrives amongst students, and the use of problem solving, creative and practical activities and tasks leads to the formation of bonds and trust between us.

There is something beneficial for every type of learner. Mixing theory and practical activities gives everyone the opportunity to excel at something; and in my experience gave me the chance to step back, reflect and engage in a new way of learning.

Emma Williamson, 2nd Year Student