Are you creative, thoughtful, good with people, curious and/or enterprising? Do you want to make a difference in young children and their families’ lives? If so, then this new and innovative course is for you.

Please see University of  Worcester website for further details:

or contact the course leader, Niki Stobbs at

About the course

This course is great preparation for employment in a range of occupations such as child and family support, fostering and adoption services, play therapy facilitation, advocacy roles within charities such as UNICEF, Action for Children, Barnardo’s and Crisis, family assessment, health education to support children and families make healthy life choices or work in nurture hubs in education and the wider community, to name a few. You could also go on to further study, for example, an MA in Social Work or a PGCE in Teaching.

This course focuses on how to build successful, inclusive relationships with children and families of differing abilities, personalities, interests, motivation and learning needs. It combines both the theory and the practice of education and care from a holistic perspective. It also has a strong social justice focus with the aim of supporting individuals to develop the skills necessary to take bold steps towards their own empowerment. Our course is endorsed by the Social Pedagogy Professional Association.

This is a three-year undergraduate degree taught face-to-face at the University of Worcester. Whilst the course is rightly challenging you will be supported to succeed through engaging in personal academic tutoring and formative activities.

Course Content:

Year one: you will learn about key concepts in child advocacy, child development and social pedagogy concepts, including the Social Pedagogy Professional Standards. You will undertake 210 hours of assessed practice-based learning in early years settings to consolidate this learning.

Year two: building on the skills and knowledge gained in year one you will learn more about multi-professional working, research for social justice, the impact of family, community, and culture on children’s life chances, including the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences, working with children who have special educational needs and disabilities, children’s language and communication, supporting children’s creative thinking and other contemporary issues. You will undertake 210 hours of assessed practice-based learning in any regulated setting. There is also the option of completing an extended placement overseas or the UK in the second semester of the second year.

Year three: you will begin to specialise in preparation for your chosen career. Focus is on preparation for leadership and enterprise, for example within external organisations or your own business. You will undertake an additional 210 hours of assessed practice-based learning in any regulated setting and carry out research for your dissertation.

Contact the course leader, Niki Stobbs at for more detailed information about the course content, or visit the course website: