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.