Debbie Hocknull

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Job title

Head of Department

Academic qualifications

NNEB, ADCE, Cert Ed, MA in Early Childhood and Education


0121 604 1000


I have worked in primary and secondary schools as a learning support practitioner, teacher of Health and Social Care and curriculum coordinator within an inclusion unit. I have been employed at University College Birmingham since 2003 and in that time, I have successfully managed FE programmes that include Level 2 and 3 Childcare and Education and Level 2 and 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. 

In 2013, I was appointed the Assistant Dean of the School of Education, Health and Community and managed the Early Years, Education and Health and Social Care Department (FE). I have developed strong links with employers and local authorities regarding the training of apprentices for early years, health and social care and teaching assistants. In 2020, I was appointed the Head of Department for Social Care and manage programmes across FE and HE. 


I have taught on a range of childcare and early years as well as health and social care programmes. I supervise dissertation students. 

Research interests and scholarly activity

I am interested in behaviourism or behaviour psychology, a theory of learning which states all behaviours are learned through interaction with the environment through a process called conditioning. If we can use behavioural psychology to help us predict how humans behave, we can build better habits. 

External engagements

Education Training Foundation (ETF)
TE, RoutesReadiness 
NCFE CACHE Awarding Body 
Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) 

Department of Social Care

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