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  BA(Hons) Social Pedagogy (Youth Work and Community Learning and Development)
  Download an application pack from the relevant programme page or contact Deepa Joshi Registry Administrator 020 7540 4902 for further help and information. Closing date for applications is Friday 26 August 2016. 

The College is now receiving applications for the first year (level 4) of the BA (Hons) Social Pedagogy for autumn 2016 start. (UCAS Code L590)

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.  Often more holistic and group-oriented than dominant forms of social work and schooling, social pedagogy has its roots in progressive education – but has frequently found a home in social work agencies. It is characteristically used to describe the activities of workers concerned with group living, community development, play, and young people.

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.

What will I study?

The Social Pedagogy degree is a multi-disciplinary programme. It consists of eighteen modules, studied over three years. If you come on the programme 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. The programme includes: Exploring the social context; exploring human growth and development; exploring pedagogy, social pedagogy; exploring management and evaluation; reflection on professional practice. : Helping and counselling skills; teaching and group work; developing education and learning; practising management and evaluation; reflection on professional practice.

Year three: Professional judgement and ethics; community learning and development; developing management and evaluation; researching social pedagogy; reflection on professional practice.

General Information about the BA (Hons) programmes

All the degree programmes operate with a basic structure of six courses. All students follow a core of units of study.  Two courses provide a practical opportunity for students 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 the students’ workplace. Assessment is continuous throughout the programme by means of written academic work and practice assessments.

How do the programmes work for distance-learners?

The remaining four courses at each level are completed by distance learning supported by study material produced by the College.  We recommend 15 hours be dedicated for study each week.Distance learners are required to attend regional study days.  Each day has five dedicated hours for learning and there are usually ten days per level.  In addition, students are required to attend three residentials, which allow for concentrated learning over three days.  To develop their practice, students are allocated a non-managerial supervisor and are required to complete 12 one-hour sessions at each level.  They must also meet with their line manager regularly.  We recommend 14 times at each level.  As there are professional practice requirements, applicants must gain the support of their line manager before starting the programme.  Each line manager must agree to release students for three sessions a week and write formal reports of their professional development. 

What can I do next?

A significant number of people on our programmes 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 other voluntary and community 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. Here 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.

In short, these programmes offer preparation for a wide range of career opportunities. They provide professional qualifications for community learning and development and for youth work.

What are the entry requirements?

The College encourages and welcomes applications from all students able to benefit from the programmes offered.  We consider all applications individually and take into account academic qualifications and relevant experience.  The usual academic entry requirements for the Education and Learning degree are level 3 qualifications such as ‘A’ levels or NVQ level 3. Applicants also need to possess significant experience of working with young people or a related field and must be able to demonstrate:

•          The ability to reflect critically upon your experience and learn from it

•          The capacity to participate in the learning process of the programme

•          The ability to work constructively with the experience of others

•          The commitment to work for equal opportunities and justice for all

•          The ability to manage different aspects of your life

•          The ability to communicate effectively both face-to-face and in writing

          A satisfactory current DBS (CRB) check with enhanced disclosure will be required for all students

Please contact the College if you would like to apply for this course but are uncertain whether you meet the entry requirements.

Do you take previous learning and experience into account?

If you have completed a relevant course prior to applying to the College, you may be eligible to receive credit for it through the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) scheme thus shortening your Degree studies.  Students who have completed certificated learning at a comparable level may be exempted from particular courses and may also be able to gain Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) provided they can demonstrate this is at undergraduate level.  It must also be current and relevant to the course.  Whilst this is usually awarded alongside certificated learning, it may be taken into account separately.  If you would like to be considered for this, you should provide a full description of any courses undertaken and an official transcript of the credits awarded.  If you would like to discuss this prior to your application, please contact the College.

How long is the application process?

Once you have completed your application and sent it to the College, it will be considered against the entry requirements for the Programme - successful applicants will be invited to interview.  This will normally be held within eight weeks of your application and you will know if you have been offered a place within one week of an interview.

 How do I apply?

The application pack is attached below or contact the College on 020 7540 4902 or and request an application form.

  BA(Hons) Application Form word
  BA(Hons) Application Form (download Acrobat reader)
  Guidelines for BA(Hons) application (download Acrobat reader)
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