Register of Endorsed Programmes


These are the social pedagogy programmes that are currently officially endorsed by SPPA:

Category 2

The following programmes award the title of Social Pedagogy Practitioner upon completion:

BA (Hons) Working With Children & Young People: Social Pedagogy, Kingston University

Endorsed since 2019

This degree will prepare you for a career working with children, young people and their families in various settings across health, social care, education and youth justice. You will have two work placements with Kingston University’s partner organisations, giving you the opportunity to put theory into practice. Placements will be in settings such as youth justice, early intervention, health services, schools and children’s centres, or any setting with children and young people in a field you feel personally passionately about.  


BA Early Childhood in Society (Social Pedagogy), University of Worcester

Endorsed since 2020

This programme is designed for those who want to gain employment in the wider early childhood sector. The pathway Early Childhood Education in Society is underpinned by the philosophy of social pedagogy, encouraging you to reflect on your values and work with children and their families in a respectful and empathetic way.

Although the discipline is relevant to everyone who works with children, it is particularly applicable for those who want to work with children accessing support services, for example, childcare and early years, parenting and family support services, secure units for offenders with young children, excluded children, residential care, Non-Government Organisation/charity work overseas and in the UK, and playwork.


BA Childhood and Youth Studies, University of Portsmouth 

Endorsed since 2021

Students who join the BA Childhood and Youth Studies programme will have the opportunity to choose a range of modules that can lead to the exit award BA Childhood and Youth Studies with Social Pedagogy.

This pathway brings with it the designation of the graduate as a “Social Pedagogy Practitioner”. This is an important recognition of their meeting of the SPPA’s Standards of Proficiency (SOPs) -which they will develop and evidence in the 400 placement hours they will undertake.  These SOPs are central to developing relationship-centred, dialogic practice that supports children and young people, particularly those who are vulnerable and/or disadvantaged, across the life course, and will be important for entry into, and achievement of best practice, in a variety of relevant forms of graduate employment.


Social Pedagogy Practitioner learning programme, ThemPra Social Pedagogy CIC

Endorsed since 2023

Combining ThemPra’s online course on Developing Relationship-Centred Practice and the MOOC on Social Pedagogy across Europe with team development training and ongoing peer learning, the new Social Pedagogy Practice learning programme is designed to embed social pedagogy within frontline practice and throughout organisations. ThemPra have developed the learning programme with the National House Project to create a recognisable bespoke CPD programme for house project staff that is carefully integrated into their practice to ensure that all learning is genuinely relevant and directly benefits the care experienced young people they support.

By combining a range of learning elements that offer many different complementary learning experiences –both online and face to face, both individually and in groups, both house project specific and across various practice contexts– the learning programme aims to create enjoyable, meaningful and rewarding learning experiences that help people grow not just as practitioners but as human beings.

FdA Youth and Social Care, University of South Wales 

Endorsed since 2023

Working in youth and social care can be incredibly rewarding. The sector and the services and roles within it are changing constantly and there are increased demands on staff to deliver high standards of quality and compassionate care and to constantly evolve to gain new skills and maintain relevant skills. The FDA Youth and Social Care has been developed with the purpose, values and principles required for working with young people in social care, as well as working with children, families and communities. The course programme combines the theoretical concepts that relate to young people, caring for them and helping them to care for themselves, whilst working within the broader care sector.

BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families, University of South Wales

Endorsed since 2023

The Working with Children and Families course provides the knowledge and skills students need to work with children and families in a range of settings.

Students will examine issues that influence the lives and well-being of children and families in today’s society. The course will cover a range of services, systems, policies and work practices that support children and families. To reflect the reality of the workplace, students will explore multi-agency working and understand the roles of different professionals in education, youth, community and social care.

A key feature of the Working with Children and Families course is attending a work placement. Alongside academic studies, this allows students to see how theory, policy and practice relate to each other and will prepare them for a range of career opportunities.

Category 1

These programmes afford the title of Social Pedagogue upon completion:

There are not any programmes yet

Category 3

These programmes have been endorsed by SPPA but do not afford any title:

More information coming soon…


Upcoming Endorsement Programmes

We are currently looking for programs that are guided, inspired or interested in Social Pedagogy and would like to be recognised and endorsed by SPPA. SPPA offers endorsement for short courses, NVQs, further and higher education programmes that demonstrate high-quality learning in social pedagogy. Please get in touch with us at  to learn more about how you can get your programme endorsed. We will be happy to guide you through the process!