Studying Social Pedagogy

Thanks to the undiminished interest in social pedagogy, there are now several opportunities to study social pedagogy at universities. Below is an overview of degree-level courses in social pedagogy as well as social pedagogy modules run as part of other degrees:


Social Pedagogy Degrees

MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston

UCLan have teamed up with us at ThemPra to jointly develop and run a new MA programme in social pedagogy leadership. The course offers a social pedagogical perspective to leadership, enabling managers and senior practitioners in leadership roles to apply its principles, theories and philosophy to assist people to develop a culture of care and support within organisations and communities. Social pedagogical leadership also enables professionals to influence decisions and develop, support and sustain positive change using inclusive and empowering practice in working with disadvantaged groups.

Through a combination of block modules and online modules, we’ve aimed to make the course accessible to people from across the UK and beyond. Find out more on the UCLan website and in this short intro video.


BA (Hons) Working with Children & Young People: Social Pedagogy at Kingston University, London

Kingston University have put social pedagogy at the heart of their BA in working with children and young people. During the three years, students will benefit from the expertise of a great lecturing team and professionals from a number of different disciplines. Students can explore different ways of working through creative workshops to produce exciting ideas to benefit children, young people and their families. They’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad in one of Kingston’s European partner universities.Click here to learn more.


BA (Hons) in Social Pedagogy (Youth Work and Community Learning and Development) at YMCA George Williams College, London

Having successfully launched in autumn 2012, this programme builds on a rich tradition of UK practice in informal and social education, group work and community learning and development – and combines this with exploring Scandinavian and continental models of social pedagogy. To find out more please click here.


BA (Hons) Early Childhood in Society (Graduate Practitioner) at the University of Worcester

The School of Education at the University of Worcester is pleased to announce that its new BA (Hons) Early Childhood in Society (Graduate Practitioner) starts in September 2020. Underpinned by Social Pedagogy principles and concepts, the degree is aimed at those who want to work with children (aged 0-8) and their families, both in educational establishments and in the wider early childhood sector. Students will be encouraged to use their personal warmth and skills to build respectful relationships, working in multi-disciplinary teams with the aim of delivering holistic, child-centred education and care. Full details are available via this link.


BA (Hons) in Childhood & Youth: Theory and Practice at the University of Sussex

Social pedagogy is integrated really well into this interdisciplinary BA course led by Prof. Janet Boddy. The course also includes opportunities to study in Denmark. Here are further details about the course.

Opportunities to study social pedagogy are constantly evolving, and we’re happy to help with any specific inquiries or to add further course details if we have omitted any information.


Social Pedagogy Modules

Introduction to Social Pedagogy module at University of Central Lancashire

UCLan lecturers, together with Lancashire County Council, have piloted an excellent module in social pedagogy as part of their BA in working with children and families, which they are planning to roll out more widely in the future. If you are interested, please download their flyer here or read their article in Community Care about the pilot experience.


Introduction to Social Pedagogy module at the University of Derby

This social pedagogy module has been developed in partnership with Derbyshire County Council and is part of Derby University’s BA (Hons) in working with young people and communities.


Pedagogical Work with Children and Young People in a European Perspective at UCC Copenhagen

This course module at Frøbelseminariet, UCC Copenhagen, provides an excellent insight into Danish social pedagogy as well as similarities and differences across Europe. Please visit their website for the programme of the 4-month module here.


Heart – Head – Hands at VIA University College, Aarhus

The Danish Peter Sabroe Seminarium at VIA University College offers a 4-month social pedagogy course module, taught in English and open to international students. Find out more about their programme via this link.