Social Pedagogy: Theory and Practice (SW4721) Short Course

Social Pedagogy: Theory and Practice (SW4721) Short Course
Using theories and concepts of social pedagogy this module aims to introduce relationship based approaches to participatory practice; as a way of working with people.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Six sessions over four weeks, plus self-directed study time to complete assessment.


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

April 2017 (bespoke options for group bookings available)

Entry Requirements:
This module is aimed at a range of people who are interested in developing their understanding of social pedagogy and exploring its potential for working with children, young people or adults in a way that promotes social justice and values relationship and creative approaches.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The module adopts an experiential learning approach which gives students the opportunity to participate in shared reflective activities through a variety of methods such as group problem-solving tasks.

Using theories and concepts of social pedagogy this module aims to introduce relationship based approaches to participatory practice; as a way of working with people. Students will be supported to consider how a focus on the social relations between and among staff and service users; and how the use of dialogue and critical reflection can help us understand events and interactions in practice. The module will also enable students to explore the value of practical and creative approaches to engage with service users.

The module covers topics including:

  • Relationships
  • Social learning
  • Social justice
  • Practical and creative approaches
  • Developing risk competence
  • Reflection
  • The history of social pedagogy

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Two parts – one group creative task, and a written critical reflection.

Academic Expertise

Lowis Charfe, Senior Lecturer – on behalf of Jane Lloyd 

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  • Critically appraise concepts of social pedagogy and how they are relevant to social care and social work
  • Consider critically the benefits of adopting a social pedagogical approach to working with people
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply social pedagogy’s core values and skills in their work
  • Critically explain how the theoretical approaches taught can be applied to the understanding of individuals
  • Critically consider how ideas about, and understanding of social pedagogy can be used to inform practice with different service user groups.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


“An amazing course, that’s like a breath of fresh air in the care industry.”
“Developing relationship is a key to learning.”
“With great communication and a sense that everyone was being listened to…..we valued one another and valued the contributions each person made.”

Progression Routes

This module can be completed towards the Leadership and Management in Social Work and Social Care or Professional Development and Practice Postgraduate Certificate, or the Professional Development and Practice Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion of this module students can continue their professional development studies by undertaking other modules to gain a Postgraduate Certificate. We offer further progression with Postgraduate Diploma and MA awards. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit

MA Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Non-standard part-time fees: £650 per 20 credit module for 2016/17 and 2017/18

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

Should you have any further questions about the module or application process:
Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care & Community
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361
This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361