Social Pedagogy Course BA (DipHE after Stage 2)

BA Social Pedagogy (Residential Child Care)/(Working with Adults)

1. Overview

This course is designed for those in employment and applicants are expected to be already working in residential, day care or community services.

Social Pedagogic approaches to learning and development are becoming increasingly popular in social care, day care and educational settings in Scotland.  Course delivery emphasises wellbeing, learning and development and is underpinned by humanistic values which view people as active and resourceful agents.  The programme will equip you with the appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to meet the changing needs of social care and education in the 21st century across a range of settings. 

The BA Social Pedagogy course content will be mapped to National Occupational Standards for various sections of the social care workforce and will be particularly relevant for those employed in day care for children, residential child care services, adult day and care home services and community based support services.

Course entry is at Stage 2 (SCQF Level 8) and so applicants will be expected to have attained an HNC/SVQ (level 7) equivalent.

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BA Social Pedagogy - course specification (PDF 80KB)

2. What you will study

You will gain an understanding of social pedagogy and specialist knowledge in human growth and relationships by exploring the significance of areas of practice and of the legal and policy context.

Through a study of psychological, sociological and developmental theories and increased awareness of therapeutic approaches, you will investigate concepts of citizenship and community. Learning both academically and in practice, you will gain an awareness and understanding of major current issues.

You will be introduced to the limits of practice in relation to working with children or adults by studying therapeutic work, group processes, interdisciplinary working, ethical leadership and from the second learning in practice experience. Specialist knowledge will be delivered through academic learning and learning in practice.

3. How you will learn

Students will attend lectures at seven 3-day block periods of teaching at RGU over the three year course, finishing with a final two day Janus* event. 

Experiential skills workshops will also take place during university teaching periods, which prepares you for formative work based activity. 

A high level of expert lecturing support  will be provided throughout the course, based upon considerable practice experience and knowledge of social pedagogy.

Online workbooks and supporting materials are delivered through the university’s virtual learning environment CampusMoodle, with core texts supporting the direct input from lecturers. 

An ongoing reflective learning blog will be created by students from the start of the course and some assessments such as video presentations will be posted online. 

*Janus Event: allowing participants to reflect and review and look forward to how they will implement learning.

4. Entry requirements

This course is designed for those in employment and as such applicants are expected to normally be working in residential, day care or community services.

All students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by undertaking the IELTS English Academic Test, prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

English language requirements

Course entry is at Stage 2 (SCQF Level 8) and so applicants will be expected to have attained an HNC or SVQ 3 (Level 7) equivalent.  

Applications for Stage 3 (SCQF Level 9) is available to those with relevant qualifications and work based experience.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

5. Placements and accreditations

Application will be made to the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for matching of course content to the qualifications criteria for social services workers in employment in adult day care and adult care home services and residential child care and day care of children services.

There are two periods of learning in practice each of 60 days.  Assessment of work based competence will be matched to practice requirements as set out in the National Occupational Standards for working with children or adults in group care and day care settings.

6. Student Funding

 This is a full cost course. SASS grants may be available.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £2730 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £2634 per academic year


All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

Applicants should Apply Online.

For more information contact:

Patrick Walker
Course Leader
01224 263248

9. Prospects

Registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for employment with adults residential and day care; children day and residential care services is being sought.

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BA (DipHE after Stage 2)

Start date

January 2016

Course length

3 years

Mode of Attendance

Blended Learning/ Distance Learning

Academic school
School of Applied Social Studies
More information:
Patrick Walker Senior Lecturer
01224 263248

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