Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy

 

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Next Qualification Open Course Starting in April 2019!

We’re pleased to announce that our new Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy is now running. This is an excellent personal and professional development opportunity for anyone interested in social pedagogy.

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The qualification is offered by ThemPra and hosted by the University of Central Lancashire at their campus in Preston. The next opportunity to undertake the Level 3 starts in April 2019. All 8 days are 9.30am to 4.30pm, and we ask you to take part in all dates.

In addition to the 8-day course, the qualification includes virtual learning in our Moodle, self-guided learning and practice application as well as holistic assessment through four assignments: a social pedagogy handbook, a case study, a group presentation, and a creative scrapbook.

The qualification is approved by the Social Pedagogy Professional Association and meets its Standards of Proficiency in Social Pedagogy. As a graduate you may carry the title of Social Pedagogy Practitioner. The qualification is also accepted as an entry requirement by the University of Central Lancashire for their BA in Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation.

Costs

The cost for the whole qualification is £2,400 (no VAT applicable), which you can pay in two instalments – one upon registration and the other upon commencing the assessment process. The fee includes the £350 learner registration fee, which we pay to the awarding organisation Crossfields Institute. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further details.

 

Next Steps

If you’re interested in finding out more, please get in touch with us. We’re happy to answer any further questions, and you can email us or register in the left column to get the application pack.

NB: For previous participants in our social pedagogy courses there is a fast-track route of 2 top-up days. Please contact us for more details.

 

“Having spent nearly 4 years embedding social pedagogy into a local authority through the fostering service, with foster carers and looked after children, I can see the considerable benefits that social pedagogic learning has had in stabilising looked after children’s lives in foster care.”
Alison Benjamin, Service Manager, Fostering Surrey County Council

 

Overview

This exciting new qualification offers an excellent professional development opportunity to anyone interested in social pedagogy. It is divided into 7 units:

(Unit 1) Key theories and principles in social pedagogy
This unit will explore key theories and principles of social pedagogy. A brief overview of its history, the key thinkers who have shaped its European/UK development and social pedagogy’s relationship with social justice will enable you to understand social pedagogy today and how it can be applied across different fields of practice and across the life course.
(Unit 2) Learning perspectives on human development
This unit will introduce you to key learning theories and principles around holistic learning and human development. Using experiential learning activities, this unit will enable you to develop an understanding of how relationships and well-being affect learning processes, and vice versa, and how they can create learning opportunities in everyday practice.
(Unit 3) Communication and understanding lifeworlds
In this unit you will explore how verbal and non-verbal communication can impact on our relationships, information sharing and perception of each other as individuals and professionals. It will introduce you to key communication theories, link these to practice and emphasise the importance of giving and receiving authentic feedback.
(Unit 4) Building meaningful relationships
This unit will focus on establishing, maintaining and promoting meaningful relationships with people and within inter-professional practice. Drawing on care ethics, you will explore various theories and principles, such as reciprocity, authenticity, empathy, trust and equality, that seek to include individuals in wider society and ensure that their diversity is recognised as valuable.
(Unit 5) Creativity in working with individuals, groups, and communities
The unit will introduce you to the power of creativity when working with individuals, groups and communities. It takes a broad definition of creativity, which similarly to multiple intelligences considers every individual as having unique creative potential.
(Unit 6) Safer practice from a social pedagogical perspective
Through this unit you will gain social pedagogical perspectives on safer practice. You will explore how you can best balance safe practice with the need to develop risk competence in other people – their ability to understand, assess and manage risks themselves. You will also learn about the role of children’s and human rights in framing safer practice by considering in particular the right to the best interest of the child/adult, their right to be involved in decisions that affect them, their right not to be discriminated against and their right to survival and development.
(Unit 7) Observation and reflective practice within a social pedagogical culture
In this unit you will explore the role of reflection within social pedagogy, highlighting the importance of making observations that avoid interpretations or judgments. By engaging with different reflection and appreciative inquiry methods, you will become familiar with practical and thorough reflective processes that are solution-oriented and thus enable you to develop your practice further.

The qualification consists of our 8-day, face-to-face course, which draws on experiential, active and reflective learning methods to:

  • Develop practice by integrating social pedagogical theories and principles
  • Practice with greater confidence, intention and creativity
  • Enhance important interpersonal skills such as communication, relational and reflective skills

In addition to the 8-day course, the qualification includes virtual learning in our Moodle, self-guided learning and practice application as well as holistic assessment through four assignments: a social pedagogy handbook, a case study, a group presentation, and a creative scrapbook.

The qualification is regulated by Ofqual, with Crossfields Institute as the Awarding Organisation. Its 47 credits mean that the total qualification time is 470 hours. Further details are available in the qualification specification.

It is also approved by the Social Pedagogy Professional Association as meeting its Standards of Proficiency in Social Pedagogy. As a graduate you may carry the title of Social Pedagogy Practitioner. The qualification is also accepted as an entry requirement by the University of Central Lancashire for their BA in Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation.

 

Why learn about social pedagogy?

Social pedagogy connects care and education through relationship-centred practice. Its central idea is that each person has inherent potential, is valuable, resourceful and can make a meaningful contribution to their wider community if we find ways of including them. The objective in social pedagogical practice is to create the conditions in which people can thrive and unfold their unique potential. As a social pedagogy practitioner you are able to form warm and authentic professional relationships that make a genuine difference to the lives of the people you work with and address social inequality through educational means.

 

Career opportunities

Social pedagogy is highly relevant for inter-professional practice in educational and care settings across the life course. Successful graduates of the qualification meet the new SPPA Standards of Proficiency in social pedagogy and may carry the title Social Pedagogy Practitioner. The qualification offers progression to further study and development, including our SPPA endorsed Level 5 Diploma in Social Pedagogy.

This new qualification provides an excellent professional development opportunity for people working across the age range in the following settings:

  • Residential and foster care
  • Services for care leavers
  • Adoption support
  • Early childhood education and care
  • Education services, including schools, virtual schools, residential schools, Pupil Referral Units
  • Youth justice
  • Early Help and family support
  • Field social work
  • Independent reviewing
  • Youth, play and community services
  • Advocacy and participation services
  • Person-centred care
  • Mental health support
  • Day care and supported living for adults
  • Arts-based support projects

 

Who delivers the Diploma?

We are one of two centres approved to deliver the Diploma, which we have developed in partnership with Jacaranda, the Social Pedagogy Professional Association, and the Crossfields Institute. The qualification is built on our collective longstanding experience in facilitating unique social pedagogy courses.

 

When and where does it start?

If you’re an individual learner wishing to undertake the qualification, you can do so by joining our open course. ThemPra’s next open courses will take place in Preston from April 2018 (see further details here), and Jacaranda’s course in Woking starts in February 2018 (see here). If neither dates or locations suit you, please get in touch and we’d be happy to discuss possible alternatives.

Courses can also be commissioned by single organisations and regional clusters of organisations (see here for relevant information), so it’s worth checking out with your employer and colleagues if they are interested. We are very happy to support you in outlining the organisational benefits of investing in social pedagogy.

 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have previously participated in a social pedagogy course, we may be able to recognise your prior learning. Please contact us for further details, so that we can discuss what level of support you will require to refresh or deepen your learning and undertake the qualification.

 

Cost

The introductory fee for the Full Qualification through ThemPra is £2,400 per learner. As a social enterprise, all of our vocational courses are exempt of VAT.

If you have completed a social pedagogy course of six or more days with us, the fee is £1,100 (no VAT) per learner for 2 days of top-up learning and development, access to our Virtual Learning Environment and assessment (limited to first 50 learners).

 

Next steps

Any further questions? You can read our FAQs here or contact us directly.

If you are interested in this qualification, please find all relevant documents in the left column or register with your details to receive the application pack.