Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy – Open Course


Join our brand new qualification

We’re pleased to announce the first open course forming part of our new Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy. This is an excellent personal and professional development opportunity for anyone interested in social pedagogy. The 47-credit qualification is regulated by Ofqual and 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

You will have access to our Moodle virtual learning environment and be supported in your learning and assessment through a variety of tasks, including some written and reflective work, 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.


Dates and Location

The open course will be offered by ThemPra and hosted by the University of Central Lancashire at their campus in Preston. The dates are:

  • 4th to 6th July, 2018
  • 25th and 26th July, 2018
  • 3rd to 5th September, 2018

All days are 9.30am to 4.30pm, and we ask you to take part in all dates.



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. You can also download the application pack here.