Level 3 Diploma


“Social pedagogy is a well-established model of care in this home. Its implementation permeates throughout the home. This has enhanced children’s and young people’s outcomes, experiences and progress, because it places a major emphasis on positive relationships and purposeful, focused work. Children and young people feel listened to and know that their opinions are valued. Participation is promoted through regular ‘chill and chat’ meetings, monthly independent advocacy, daily recording of the children’s and young people’s wishes and feelings, and a monthly journal.”

Ofsted Report (2017), Eastgate, Lincolnshire County Council

Why learn about social pedagogy?

Social pedagogy connects care and education through relationship-centred practice. Its central idea is that each person has inherent potential, is valuable, resourceful and can make a meaningful contribution to their wider community if we find ways of including them. The objective in social pedagogical practice is to create the conditions in which people can thrive and unfold their unique potential. As a social pedagogy practitioner you are able to form warm and authentic professional relationships that make a genuine difference to the lives of the people you work with and address social inequality through educational means.

Qualification Overview

Jacaranda and ThemPra are currently offering the Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy for people working in care and education across the age range. The 47-credit qualification is regulated by Ofqual and divided into 7 units:

  • Key theories and principles in social pedagogy
  • Learning perspectives on human development
  • Communication and understanding lifeworlds
  • Building meaningful relationships
  • Creativity in working with individuals, groups, and communities
  • Safer practice from a social pedagogical perspective
  • Observation and reflective practice within a social pedagogical culture

The qualification consists of our 8-day, face-to-face course, which draws on experiential, active and reflective learning methods to:

  • Develop practice by integrating social pedagogical theories and principles
  • Practice with greater confidence, intention and creativity
  • Enhance important interpersonal skills such as communication, relational and reflective skills

You will have access to our virtual learning environment and be supported in your learning and assessment. Assessment is via a variety of tasks, including some written and reflective work, presentation, and a creative scrapbook.

Career opportunities

Social pedagogy is highly relevant for inter-professional practice in educational and care settings across the life course. Successful graduates of the qualification meet the new SPPA Standards of Proficiency in social pedagogy and may carry the title Social Pedagogy Practitioner. The qualification offers progression to further study and development, including our SPPA endorsed Level 5 Diploma in Social Pedagogy.

Who is it for?
  • This new qualification provides an excellent professional development opportunity for people working across the age range in the following settings: Residential and foster care
  • Services for care leavers
  • Adoption support
  • Early childhood education and care
  • Education services, including schools, virtual schools, residential schools, Pupil Referral Units
  • Youth justice
  • Early Help and family support
  • Field social work
  • Independent reviewing
  • Youth, play and community services
  • Advocacy and participation services
  • Person-centred care
  • Mental health support
  • Day care and supported living for adults
  • Arts-based support projects
Who delivers the Diploma?

Jacaranda and ThemPra, UK pioneers in social pedagogy learning and development, are approved to deliver the Diploma. This is built on our longstanding experience in facilitating unique social pedagogy courses.

When and where does it start?

If you’re an individual learner wishing to undertake the qualification, you can do so by joining an open course. We are now accepting applications for open courses in Preston and London starting in early 2018. If neither dates or locations suit you, please get in touch and we’d be happy to discuss possible alternatives.

Open course dates delivered by ThemPra

Location: Preston – hosted by University of Lancashire

Key dates:

  • 25th and 26th April
  • 30th and 31st May
  • 4th and 5th July
  • 25th and 26th July

For further information and/or an application form and Terms & Conditions, please follow this link or contact centre@thempra.org.uk

Open course dates delivered by Jacaranda

There will be new dates available for September 2018 in Greater or Central London. For further information and/or an application form and Terms & Conditions, please follow this link or contact abby@jacaranda-development.co.uk


Courses can also be commissioned by single organisations and regional clusters of organisations (see here for relevant information), so it’s worth checking out with your employer and colleagues if they are interested. We are very happy to support you in outlining the organisational benefits of investing in social pedagogy.

Recognition of prior learning

If you have previously participated in a social pedagogy course, we may be able to recognise your prior learning. Please contact us for further details, so that we can discuss what level of support you will require to refresh or deepen your learning and undertake the qualification.


The introductory fee for the Full Qualification is £2,400 (+VAT) per learner.

If you have completed a social pedagogy course of six or more days with Jacaranda or ThemPra, the fee is £1,100 (no VAT) per learner for 2 days of top-up learning and development, access to our Virtual Learning Environment and assessment (limited to first 50 learners).

Level 3 Information Pack

If you want to find out more about the Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy or want to apply, please find below downloadable documents with relevant details.


Any further questions? You can read our FAQs here or contact by sending your enquiry here: http://sppa-uk.org/qualifications/enquiry  or download the application pack and other relevant documents.