Housing: Policy and Practice - BSc (Hons)
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.
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.
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.
In year one all the subjects are compulsory, but there are a number of options in years two and three which will allow you to follow particular interests.
- Housing and Welfare Policy
- Equality and Diversity
- Planning and Development
- Challenges for housing
- Managing Customer Services
- Housing Law, Rights and Advice
- Working with Vulnerable Adults
- Housing Management
- Housing Finance
- Study and Professional Skills
- Research Skills
- Professional Approaches to Housing Management
- Legislation in Context
- Housing and the Economy
- 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
- Strategy and Policy Process
- Research Methods
- Practice Placement/Independent Study
Optional modules include:
- Managing in Organisations
- Evaluating Quality
- Participation and Empowerment
- Housing, Community and Culture
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
- 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.
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
Or ‘Foundation leading to BSc Health/Social Sciences’.
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 criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs.
Accredited by: Chartered Institute of Housing
UCAS/GTTR Code: K491
School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Course Length: Three years full-time
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.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at http://www.ucas.com/
For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply
Applicants will be invited to attend an interview with a member of the course team.
Tuition Fees and Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and additional costs relating to this programme please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees and www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/additionalcosts.