Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation

Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation BA (Hons)

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.  

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

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Key Information

  • 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

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

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

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction - Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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.

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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.

Course Overview

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


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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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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.

Important Information

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This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.