Aaminah Patel is currently studying her Master of Arts (MA) in Social Pedagogy Leadership at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).  Before this she completed the BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families at the University. 

 Here she tells us why she chose to study at UCLan.

“I chose to study my undergraduate degree at UCLan because of the outstanding results UCLan graduates achieve as well as the high employability rates achieved as a result of the exceptional teaching facilities at the University.

“The BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families course combines theory, policy and practice. It allows you to focus on a wide range of subjects, including education, social work, sociology, psychology and social policy. 
“The degree is unique as it allows you to gain an understanding of the different areas of education and social work when working with children, schools and their families.

“The course requires each student to undertake 12 days of learning each year in a children’s service, if you are not already working at one. Due to the course providing me with excellent academic knowledge and outstanding professional practice, I was able to secure a job opportunity and embark onto my career at a children’s workforce.  

“The lecturers on this course offered beyond brilliant support by providing one-to-one advice and going out of their way to help and support my studies throughout the years.

“Studying BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families at UCLan made me eager to carry on my academic learning, and work towards a master’s degree. This was due to the outstanding quality of teaching facilities, the supportive lecturers, and the exceptional career opportunities. 

“The decision to study a master’s degree was quite daunting at first, as I wanted to ensure I had chosen the correct degree and career, but UCLan supported me and helped make the decision much easier. I chose to study the MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership because it gives a meaning to what we do as professionals and provides a unique approach when working in professional practice. 

“Whilst studying my master’s degree I have been able to gain knowledge and critical reflection in leadership, effective communication and professional leadership skills. As my course is block taught, I am able to work alongside my studies. 

“I am currently working in a senior role as a room leader at a nursery, alongside different schools. I was offered this senior position due to my place on the master’s course, so my career was positively impacted from the outset. The leadership skills I am developing on the course allow me to put the theory into practice in my role as a leader. 

“My degree has allowed me to rethink my approach towards working alongside people and to influence positive organisational change and cultures of care. 

“The course offers a social pedagogical perspective to leadership, which enables us as leaders, managers and senior practitioners to apply its principles, theories and philosophy to assist people to develop a culture of care and support within organisations and communities. 

“I am coming towards the end of my Master’s now, and I have no regrets about choosing this degree or University. UCLan has enhanced my independence, communication and self-confidence and made me feel so at home during my studies with the amount of support and facilities on offer.”

The School of Social Work, Care and Community at UCLan is proud of its national reputation for delivering high quality education for social work, social care, the children and young people’s workforce, and community leadership and engagement.

For more information about courses offered in Preston and Burnley, visit www.uclan.ac.uk/socialwork or contact 01772 892400.