The bachelor's degree in Social Education trains experts to carry out socio-educational interventions with people in their communities to help them achieve greater personal and social development and facilitate their integration and participation in various social spheres. 
The bachelor's degree in Social Education provides the training needed to identify the challenges and social issues faced by individuals and design socio-educational actions to improve their integration and social inclusion. Through theoretical and practical training, it qualifies students to develop and practice the profession of social educator, while at the same time providing training in this emerging field of pedagogical knowledge. It also provides the knowledge required to understand, interpret and analyse the theoretical and practical foundations of social education in its various social contexts and times. In short, it trains and enables the student to practise as a social worker in the various contexts and areas of this profession, endowed with a critical perspective and a social sensitivity for change processes and social participation.

Basic information

TypeBachelor's degrees
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Education
Branch of knowledge
  • Social Sciences
  • Arts and Humanities
Mode of delivery


Number of places available


Length of course4 academic years
Language(s) of instructionCatalan 71.9%, Spanish 28.1%
Admission grade

8.980 (July 2023, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)


Approximate price per credit17,69 €
Compulsory placementsYes
Course detailsIndicators

Objectives and competences


Three basic objectives are central to the bachelor's degree in Social Education:

  1. Provide the scientific knowledge required to understand, interpret and analyse theoretical and practical principles of social education in various contexts and times.
  2. Teach the knowledge, abilities, attitudes and skills that are required to design, develop and assess socioeducational resources, programmes and projects, and offer a comprehensive view of educational practices throughout life and particular sensitivity to the processes of change and social participation.
  3. Train students to work in the field of social education, a profession in which educational contexts are created and mediation and training are undertaken. These are the areas in which a social educator works, which enable:
  • The subject of the education to be incorporated into a wide range of social networks, considered as the development of sociability and social movement.
  • Cultural and social promotion, considered as the opening up of new opportunities to acquire cultural assets that expand the perspectives of education, labour, leisure and social participation.


General competences
The general competences described in the report on the bachelor's degree in Social Education are focused on students developing a responsible, creative and enterprising attitude to learning, and taking into account teamwork, sustainability and ethical commitment.

Specific competences
The specific competences that students should develop in the bachelor's degree in Social Education are focused on key concepts such as knowledge of professional identity to analyse and interpret the processes of social, cultural and educational mediation, and thus discriminate between different responses of an educational nature. It is important to know the disciplinary and multidisciplinary theories and models in education, psychology and sociology that define the object of Social Education, in order to design, develop and monitor well-founded, transforming educational processes and promote social networks between people, groups and institutions.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

If you wish to study Social Education you should have the following competences:

  • Communication, analytical and critical skills.
  • Teamwork skills.
  • Capacity to empathise and relate positively to others.
  • Ability to adapt to change, flexibility, entrepreneurship and creativity.

Access requirements and conditions

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.


Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.

For further information about admission, consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.

Academic information




Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events


Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Basic training 60
Compulsory 108
Optional 30
Compulsory placements 30
Compulsory final project 12

List of subjects

Pathways and specializations

Social Education
Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree

Previous years


Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

Social educators work in many different contexts and social and educational areas.

You could work on projects to promote a group or region (for example, a youth centre, a local development project or a sociocultural programme) or programmes for individual, family or group assistance that aim to foster the development of social skills and social movement (for example, programmes to prevent maltreatment, child protection centres or detention centres).

Although this is not an exhaustive list, the contexts and areas could include:

  1. Specific areas of intervention characteristic of the past development of the profession (sociocultural programmes, specialised social education, adult education and guidance, training and employment), and other emerging areas, such as artistic expression, urban space and mediation.
  2. Age groups: elderly people, adults, youths, adolescents and children.
  3. The existence of singular needs or social problems that increase the risk of exclusion or make it hard to develop sociability, social movement and social organisation of people and groups.
  4. The institutional context in which socioeducational actions are undertaken (social services, justice, official non-university education, culture, health, youth and free time, work, etc.).
  5. Socioeducational actions that could appear in the future that are determined by emerging social, technological, cultural or educational needs.

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