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What will I learn?

Our MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership is the first course of its kind in the UK, building on the growing interest in social pedagogy, which takes a holistic approach to a person’s learning, growth and wellbeing.

This course is perfect for current practitioners in areas such as youth work, social justice, social work, early years, community work, social care and leadership positions. You’ll learn how to bring out the best in the people you work with and help them to achieve their potential.

Due to current government agenda and policy, there is continued change within the arena of social care and social work, with a view to transforming the workforce in both children and adult services. The ability of managers to support change and development while delivering the highest standards of care has never been more important.

Social pedagogical leadership will enable you to galvanise your employees’ motivation and commitment to a deeper purpose, as well as recognising them as human beings rather than merely a brain or a pair of hands. Throughout this course you’ll gain a comprehensive knowledge of the theory and philosophy behind social pedagogy and learn how to apply it to leadership roles working with children, young people and adults.

Why study with us

  • This is a unique programme delivered collaboratively by staff from the School together with ThemPra, the leading organisation supporting the development of social pedagogical practice in the UK.
  • This is not taught like a standard university course. You’ll have fun, learning through creative and experiential teaching methods.
  • These innovative learning methods include applied theatre, creative writing, reflective exercises, creative workshops and more.

Which department am I in?

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,500.00 (US$ 18,581) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022


Preston Campus

Preston Campus,



PR1 2HE, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants should hold at least 2:2 degree in related subject. Applicants will normally be practitioners in an area of youth work or social justice or social work or early years or community work or social care or in a leadership position. IELTS: Score of at least 6.5 or equivalent. TOEFL IBT: 91 (with minimum grades of 21 in each component).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from