Social Pedagogy

BA single honours Social Pedagogy 2018/19

Year of entry

(Youth Work and Community Learning and Development)

This innovative course, which is offered by YMCA George Williams College at the College in East London, allows you to study while you work with young people.

It explores the processes and thinking involved in animating, facilitating and deepening learning and development with young people and adults. The course focuses primarily on the generic role of the social pedagogue, as someone who supports children’s overall development and growth emotionally, psychologically and intellectually, across the institutional boundaries of school, health, social welfare and recreation.

The course is professionally recognised by the National Youth Agency and is a professional qualification in Youth and Community Work. The course is also accredited by the CLD Standards Council for Scotland, and is a professional qualification in CLD community learning and development. This will qualify you as a youth and community worker to work in a range of associated practice settings, including social pedagogy, education and learning support, and more traditional forms of youth and community work.

YMCA George Williams College is a specialist centre for the study of youth work and community learning and offers a wide range of courses 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 of material about youth work in the country.

Choosing to study Social Pedagogy (Youth Work and Community Learning and Development) was a great decision for me because it has encouraged me to reflect on myself holistically - as a professional and an individual. There is regularly allocated time for discussion with fellow students with a view to enhancing our youth work practice and learning from each other.

If you are interested in education and learning in their broadest senses, want a professional qualification, and are keen to mix rigorous academic study with reflective practice, this course is 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 committed to working with young people and in local communities.

The Social Pedagogy (Youth Work and Community Learning and Development) degree is a multi-disciplinary course. You will study a range of modules over three years (full-time) or four years (distance learning). 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.

Work experience

Two of the modules provide a practical opportunity for you to work with young people and adults therefore undertaking the 480 hours of professional practice required (of which 360 must be face to face). These are normally completed in your workplace.

The YMCA George Williams College is unique. We are the only specialist youth work further and higher education college in the UK and the only institution offering a UK-wide qualification to professionals working with young people.

While studying the degree, Eben worked with Catch 22 - working with young people at risk of offending and social exclusion. “In my job I can give back the knowledge that I am learning at the College and make an impact on the lives of hundreds of young people in my local community.”

Year 1

Exploring Management and Evaluation

The aim of the module is to develop skills in planning and evaluation, management and research. You will explore theories of organisation, leadership and management as well as looking at research in monitoring, assessment and evaluation.

Exploring the Social Context

The aim of the module is to develop your awareness of the social context in which youth work and community learning and development take place, to afford opportunities for you to cultivate your understanding of competing tensions between policy and practice.

Exploring Human Growth and Development

This module aims to explore how human beings grow and change over their lives – emotionally, psychologically and intellectually – and some of key implications for your practice as informal and community educators, social pedagogues and youth workers.

Exploring Pedagogy, Learning and Development

This module aims to equip you with knowledge and skills that will enable you to develop a critical understanding of facilitating learning and of pedagogic practice across diverse contexts.

Reflection on Professional Practice

The aim of this double practice module is to enable you to explore and enhance your practice as an educator. In particular, it seeks to develop your abilities to record and reflect on practice, use supervision, engage in self-assessment and identify opportunities with individuals, manage yourself and work on your own initiative. 

Year 2

Reflection on Professional Practice

The specific aim of this double module is to enable you to enhance your all-round abilities as an educator. In particular, it seeks to provide an environment in which you can engage in work with individuals, groups, and communities; foster your abilities to reflect on, assess and develop your practice; enable you to name evidence within your practice with regard to gaining professional qualification.

The module includes a further exploration of the nature and value base of supervision, the supervision relationship and its impact upon practice.

Practising Management and Evaluation

This module aims to enable you to develop and apply your understanding of ideas, theories and skills of management, organisations and organisational behaviour to the practice of youth work, community learning and development.

Helping and Counselling Skills

The aim of this module is to explore the process of working with individual children and young people, drawing on understandings and skills from other arenas of work such as counselling, and placing them within the practice and value framework of informal education. The course aims to provide you with a series of opportunities to explore your disposition, thinking and practice in working with individuals.

Teaching and Group Work

The aim of the module is to enable you to deepen your understanding of, and practice with, the process of facilitating learning in groups and classrooms.

Developing Social Pedagogy

The aim of this module is to deepen your appreciation of social pedagogy; the social, economic and political context in which you as a practitioner have to operate; and how you might develop your thinking and practice appropriately.

Year 3

Reflection on Professional Practice

The specific aim of this double module is to enable you to further enhance your abilities as an educator. In particular it seeks to: provide an environment in which you can engage in, and interrogate, practice; enable you to name and evidence your practice with regard to requirements for professional qualification; develop your abilities to supervise others and enhance your abilities to manage others.

Community Learning and Development

The aim of this module is to deepen and extend your understanding of central themes within community learning and development and to enhance your practice as animators of community learning and development.

Developing Management and Evaluation

This module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to become effective managers whose practice is informed by the ideas, theories and values explored in other areas of the course. You will learn about presentation and communication, developing staff, the learning organisation, working with conflict, and using financial information including developing bids for funding and learn to offer critical perspectives on these.

Professional Judgment and Ethics

This module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills that will enable you to develop a critical and practical understanding of ethical judgements in a professional context.

Researching Social Pedagogy, Individual Study

This module aims to deepen your understanding of the theory, practices and principles of social pedagogy and to develop your abilities as independent researcher.

A significant number of people on our courses work, or go on to work in youth work and community learning and development settings. These include churches and faith organisations, children’s centres and youth organisations, hostels and third sector organisations.

They also work in the public sector (including health services, youth justice, and social work) and in commercial organisations. A number can also be found in schools and colleges, where 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.

The whole ethos from YMCA George Williams College has been excellent. It's been nurturing, supportive and helpful. The course is also well organised and enjoyable.

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Part-time

TBC (YMCA George Willliams College, London)

N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Travel and Accommodation costs for Placements

Students need to cover the costs of their travel to and from supervision, their placement and residentials (distance learning students only).You are allocated external supervisors on a geographical basis. Every effort is made to ensure that you are within 1 hour of travelling time to your allocated supervisor.

The cost of travel to the residential (distance learning programme only) is dependent on the distance you have to travel to the residential. Normally distance learning residentials take place at the Hayes Conference Centre Alfreton, Derbyshire.

DBS / Health Checks There is a charge made for this process of £52

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

The full-time course is delivered over two day teaching blocks during normal academic term time (10 two-day blocks per term). You will study four modules per level, (two modules per term).Taught modules run concurrently alongside 480 hours in your professional practice setting, of which 360 hours is face to face practice.

You are also required to undertake professional supervision (eight individual sessions per level and four group supervision sessions per level). The taught elements of the course incorporate reflective practice groups, where study and reflection combine to shape practice which is both informed and committed (praxis).

If you are on the distance learning course, you will be part of a regional study group which meets for 10 days spread across each academic level. There are two three-day residentials at level four and one three-day residential at level five. Typically a level takes 14 months to complete. Course content is delivered through specialist written study guides and course readings. Each regional study group is appointed a course tutor who helps to facilitate the course materials provided. As with the full-time course, you are expected to be working concurrently for 480 hours in a professional practice setting of which 360 hours must be face to face practice.

You are also required to undertake professional supervision (eight individual sessions per level and four group supervision sessions per level). The course incorporates reflective practice groups as part of the residentials and the regional study groups, where study and reflection combine to shape practice which is both informed and committed (praxis).

Academic input

The staff team comprises leading academics and experienced practitioners in the field of youth work and community learning and development.

Surprising terms

Students need to complete 80% attendance. This is a course requirement and a condition of professional validation.

All courses are offered subject to the recruitment of a viable cohort. Where a viable cohort is not recruited, you may be offered a place on an alternative mode and/or teaching venue 4 weeks before the start of the course. If an applicant is unable to take up a place on an alternative mode/and or teaching venue, you will be offered the opportunity of deferring entry or withdrawing your application.

You will be assessed through coursework, examinations and practical assessments. Some examples of the type of coursework assessments may include: written assignments, presentations, assessment of learning, presentations and reports.
The course is professionally recognised by the National Youth Agency and is a professional qualification in Youth and Community Work. The course is also accredited by the CLD Standards Council for Scotland, and is a professional qualification in CLD community learning and development. This will qualify you as a youth and community worker to work in a range of associated practice settings, including social pedagogy, education and learning support, and more traditional forms of youth and community work.

With the largest collection of texts in Britain dedicated to the study of youth work housed in the Mary Crosby library, we offer the chance to study at a variety of levels from pre-qualifying through to post graduate level.

Students may also use the library at YMCA George Williams College in Canning Town, London.

YMCA George Williams College has established partnerships across the voluntary and statutory sectors: with charities, local colleges and universities, churches and faith groups, hostels and clubs. We have earned financial support for our work from about a dozen different charities and organisations, including the Jack Petchey Foundation, Home Office and Rank Foundation, to keep the College up-to-date in our course development and open to all students and communities.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • L590

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 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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