Housing: Policy and Practice - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

This is a comprehensive programme of study incorporating all the essential core skills and experiences required for the competent housing professional. The teaching involves a number of guest lectures and field trips conducted by representatives of the housing profession in Wales. Full time students will undertake a practice placement which will enable them to gain experience of the housing workplace and to reflect on issues and practices within the workplace. Students who are able to complete 400 hours of work will be eligible for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing on completion of the degree.

Course Content

You will learn about all aspects of housing: how policies are developed; finance for housing and supported housing; legislation; housing management; regeneration; managing performance; planning and development; design; working with vulnerable people and many other aspects of the profession. In addition to the more academic subjects students are also supported in the development of personal and professional skills. This provides students with an opportunity to develop and apply a range of professional and transferable skills, which will equip them as students and practitioners and are designed to improve employability and career progression.

In year one all the subjects are compulsory, but there are a number of options in years two and three that will allow you to follow particular interests.

Year One:

  • Housing and Welfare Policy
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Planning and Development
  • Challenges for housing
  • Managing Customer Services
  • Housing Law, Rights and Advice
  • Design
  • Working with Vulnerable Adults
  • Housing Management
  • Housing Finance
  • Study and Professional Skills
  • Research Skills

Year Two:
Core modules:

  • Professional Approaches to Housing Management
  • Legislation in Context
  • Housing and the Economy
  • Regeneration
  • Housing Design
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Research skills

Option modules include:

  • Managing Performance
  • Partnership working
  • Mental Health and Illness
  • Social Inclusion
  • Working in the Community
  • Housing in a Global Context

Year Three:
Core modules:

  • Strategy and Policy Process
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Practice Placement/Independent Study

Optional modules include:

  • Managing in Organisations
  • Evaluating Quality
  • Addictions
  • Homelessness
  • Participation and Empowerment
  • Housing, Community and Culture

Learning & Teaching

The programmes place great emphasis on the quality of teaching and the importance of a student centred learning experience. Over the period of their course students are encouraged to develop the confidence and skills to be increasingly independent learners. The courses are delivered by a course team which consists of academics who all come from practice backgrounds who ensure that the teaching is relevant to current and future practice needs. Practitioners contribute as guest lecturers to many of the modules and ensure that the teaching remains in touch with the external environment. Opportunities are also given to students to attend study visits, as well as professional conferences and seminars.


Assessment is interesting and varied and includes traditional essays and examinations as well as presentations, reports, research and projects based around field trips, which sharpen the skills required for the competent housing professional.

Employability & Careers

Housing continues to grow as a priority at local, regional and national government levels. As a result, housing employers are expanding and diversifying into partnership working and community regeneration, which has created a great employment potential both at service delivery and strategic levels. Housing professionals are involved in many different activities and have many areas of work, including:

  • Housing Management
  • Housing Strategy
  • Regeneration
  • Development and Asset management
  • Repairs and Maintenance
  • Customer Care
  • Finance, HR and IT
  • Administration and Training
  • Supported Housing

A career in housing can lead to a wide and varied choice of pathways, well-paid and secure jobs, good terms and conditions of employment and excellent opportunities for promotion and career advancement. Working in the housing sector can be stimulating and interesting and can make a positive contribution to people’s lives.

The course therefore offers the combination of an academic and a professional qualification, and is recognised across the housing sector for being comprehensive and highly relevant. It offers a flexible part-time programme of study that allows participants to exit with a diploma, an ordinary degree or an honours degree. The course is delivered on one day a week with a small number of blocks of learning, and is designed to be combined with employment within the housing field, or with other commitments.

Entry Requirements

All applicants should possess five GCSE passes, including English and Maths, plus one of the following:

  • 180 points from at least 2 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades CC within a relevant subject
  • BTEC QCF Diploma / Extended Diploma 180 points within a relevant subject
  • 180 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include a relevant subject (C2 minimum grade considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 within a relevant subject
  • 180 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades CC at A Level or equivalent, to include a relevant subject, Core counted as third subject

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

We encourage applications from other applicants who may not have the entry requirements but have relevant experience in the sector. Applications are considered on an individual basis

Entry onto this course is also subject to a satisfactory disclosure barring service check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs

Selection Procedure:
Applicants will be invited to attend an interview with a member of the course team.

Key Facts

Accredited by:
Chartered Institute of Housing

UCAS Code(s): K491

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees. For additional costs please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/additionalcosts

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email courses@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Jane Mudd:
Email: jmudd@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 6823

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