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Heart - Head - Hands (exchange programme)

Short-term programme of Heart - Head - Hands , 30 ECTS
Health care, social services, and care services Teacher's training

Institution VIA University College
Campus Campus Aarhus C
Duration 0,5 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4000 EUR


Inclusive and participatory work with children, youths and adults focusing on creative subjects.

The philosophical approach and training is based on a holistic approach. The social pedagogical approach will be reflected in the teaching and learning methods. This means that the teaching will be based on dialogue and participation.

The teaching methods in Head Heart Hands alternates between creative subjects: drama, music, movement, arts and craft; theoretical subjects: theories and methodologies of pedagogy, sociology and psychology; and practical work: field work and field studies.

The learning activities will be a variation of teaching, instructing, guidance, monitoring and training in the class and in the pedagogical work field and will be organized as individual work or group work. The learning processes will be based mainly on problem orientated project work. The module requires student commitment and student participation in reflections and discussions as well as in written and oral presentations.

Career Opportunities

The learning outcomes:
  • Gained theoretical understanding and practical skills in working with social pedagogy in a Danish and an international context
  • Gained theoretical understanding of exclusion and inclusion and the significance of participation as an approach in care work and social pedagogy.
  • Improved their understanding of society and cultural values and their influence on social pedagogical work and care work
  • Developed competencies in planning and carrying out, documenting, analyzing and evaluating social pedagogical processes.
  • Developed competencies in using creative subjects as a method in pedagogical work with children, youths and adults.
  • Developed their professional and personal competencies and identities as reflective practitioners

About the Degree

The aims of the module are to enhance the students competencies in reflecting and carrying out social pedagogical work with an emphasis in using creative subjects as a method in pedagogical work while focusing on inclusion and development of qualified participation and democratic competencies of the children and young people at stake.


All Danish students must complete English at a B-level according to the level system in Danish secondary schools or equivalent proof of English skills.

General requirements in English language (corresponding to Danish B-level):
IELTS - 6.0
TOEFL Internet-based - 80
TOEFL Computer-based - 213
TOEFL Paper-based - 550
Cambridge test - CAE
TOEIC test - 700

Apply through the national electronic admission system, with all relevant documentation.
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To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact your institution directly. 
A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


If you are studying at an institution with a bilateral partner agreement with VIA University College, your participation in the exchange programme is tuition-free.  

Students from institutions without a bilateral partner agreement must pay tuition fee.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at   

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Spring 2018

Application date
Nov 01
Start date
Feb 05

Campus Aarhus C


Campus Aarhus C is a totally new and modern campus with many specialties and a wide variety of international and Danish-language programmes. The Campus is 46,000 squaremeters divided in 5 buildings, each with 4-6 floors.
The buildings display innovative and playful architecture and has been awarded with an architectural prize as one of the 3 best and most beautiful new constructions in Aarhus. Facilities include roof-top running track and basket ball court, spacious and bright classrooms and auditoriums, canteen and student cafe and bar.
Campus Aarhus C is located in the center of Aarhus - the second largest city in Denmark with approximately 320.000 inhabitants.

Campus Aarhus C offers programmes in Danish within the fields of teaching, social education, social work, construction, engineering, business and management as well as programmes taught and conducted in English within architecture, technology, engineering, business and management. In addition, Campus C is host to a nimber of VIA's Summer School programmes.

  • Students: 6.300
  • International students: 630
  • Employees: 430
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