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


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


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

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: April (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

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

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

The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.



“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

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:

Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Social Work and Social Care
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and Practice
Masters in Professional Development and Practice

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit


Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

£880 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

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

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