Social Pedagogy

BA single honours Social Pedagogy 2016/17

(Youth Work and Community Learning and Development)

This innovative programme, which is offered by YMCA George Williams College and based at Canterbury Christ Church's Medway campus and at the College in East London, explores the processes and thinking involved in animating, facilitating and deepening learning and development both with young people and adults. Often more holistic and group-oriented than dominant forms of social work and schooling, social pedagogy has its roots in progressive education − but has often found a home in social work agencies. It is often used to describe the activities of workers concerned with group living, community development, play, and young people.

The programme leads to a Canterbury Christ Church Award as well as full dual professional qualification in youth work (validated by the National Youth Agency) and community learning and development (validated by Standards Council for Community Learning and Development for Scotland).

If you are interested in education and learning in their broadest senses, want professional qualification, and are keen to mix rigorous academic study with reflective practice, this programme may be the one for you. The ways of thinking and acting involved are highly transferable to a wide range of careers − but have special relevance for those supporting learning and development in social work agencies, schools and colleges, and in community-based organisations.

YMCA George Williams College is a specialist centre for the study of youth work and community learning and offers a wide range of programmes and short courses which are unique in the UK. As well as teaching facilities, the College has a well-stocked specialist library and holds one of the most comprehensive collections in the country of material about youth work.

The Social Pedagogy degree is a multi-disciplinary programme. It consists of eighteen modules, studied over three years. If you come on the programme you will work in different settings (including specialist agencies, and community-based groups and organisations), have your own individual supervisor, and study a range of academic disciplines. The programme includes:

Year 1: Exploring the social context; exploring human growth and development; exploring pedagogy, social pedagogy; exploring management and evaluation; and reflection on professional practice.

Year 2: Helping and counselling skills; teaching and group work; developing social pedagogy; practising management and evaluation; and reflection on professional practice.

Year 3: Professional judgement and ethics; community learning and development; developing management and evaluation; researching social pedagogy; and reflection on professional practice.

A significant number of people on our programmes work, or go on to work in social work settings including specialist support work, working with children and young people, group living, and youth justice. They also can be found in schools and colleges. Here they operate in different areas including community cohesion, inclusion, learning support, extra- and extended curricula activity, pastoral and careers support, personal, social and health education, citizenship education, and whole school development. Many work in community-based settings including churches and faith organisations, children’s centres and youth organisations, and hostels. They also work in the public sector (including health services) and in commercial organisations.

While students based at CCCU's Medway campus have use of the excellent learning and support facilities on offer.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:


£8,000 (YMCA George Williams College. Subject to final confirmation by 1 December 2015)
£9,000 (Medway Campus, Canterbury Christ Church University)





Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The integration of learning and teaching with professional practice is embedded in the module content and in all the methods listed below:

  • lectures, seminars, group tasks, projects and presentations (full-time and part-time modes)
  • Regional Study Days (distance learning mode)
  • Study Packs (distance learning mode)
  • guided reading and internet research
  • participation in college groups: residentials (distance learning mode)
  • supervision of your professional practice
  • keeping recordings and journals
  • workplace experience, study visits, field studies and practical assignments
  • working with line managers
  • self-assessment.

12 methods of assessment may be used.

  1. Written assignments, presentations and project reports.
  2. Fieldwork reports
  3. One individual study
  4. One unseen examination at Level
  5. Self-assessment of learning
  6. Supervisor's assessment
  7. Line manager's assessment
  8. Any assessment or report written by an independent assessor
  9. Any assessment or report written by a tutor
  10. Comments on oral seminar presentations and participation in programme groups (with or without peer group participation in the assessment process)
  11. Index of Evidence
  12. Viva Voce examinations.

Apply direct to the College for September 2015.

T: 020 7540 4900

Fact file

UCAS code

  • L590


  • 3 years full-time
    4 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • You must normally be at least 18 at the time of entry to Level 4 (first year of the degree programme). The benchmark used by the College is that for entry to the programme you must have prior qualifications, or knowledge and skills equivalent to passes in two subjects at Advanced level, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent. Applicants over 21 do not need to have passed such examinations to get on the programme but they must show that they are thinking and practising at that level.

    A typical offer would be 80 UCAS Tariff points. You will need to have relevant experience in working with young people, two professional references and a current satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.



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