Housing: Supported Housing - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

This is a comprehensive course of study incorporating all of the essential core skills and experiences required for the competent supported housing professional. This incorporates elements of social care, and housing management. The teaching programme incorporates a number of guest lectures conducted by representatives of the supported 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

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.

Year One:

  • Housing and Welfare Policy
  • Risk Assessment
  • Housing Law, Rights and Advice
  • Working with Vulnerable Adults
  • Managing Customer Services
  • Professional and Study Skills
  • Social and Supported Housing Finance
  • Housing Planning, Development and Design
  • Managing Support (Individual Support Planning)
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Research Skills

Year Two:

  • Performance Management /Partnership Working
  • Legislation in Context
  • Housing and the Economy
  • Research Skills
  • Working in the Community
  • Supported Housing Practice
  • Personal and Professional Development

Optional Modules Include

  • Regeneration
  • Social Inclusion
  • Mental Health
  • Housing in a Global Context
  • Nutrition

Year Three:

  • Strategy and Policy Process
  • Practice Placement/Independent Study
  • Individual Research Project (Dissertation)
  • Research Methods

Optional Modules Include

  • Project Management and Social Enterprise
  • Addictions
  • Housing Community and Culture
  • Homelessness
  • Participation and Empowerment
  • Evaluating Quality
  • Managing in Organisations

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. There is a practice-based assessment, and the remainder includes traditional essays and examinations as well as reports, research and projects, which sharpen the skills required for the competent supported housing professional.

Employability & Careers

Supported Housing describes a profession that incorporates the fields of social care and housing. The UK ‘Supporting People’ funding programme created a supported housing industry that is growing in size and variety. In simple terms, supported housing provides social, emotional and/or lifestyle support to people in their own homes, and often includes the housing management (landlord) function. Supported Housing projects are organised around a variety of client needs including learning disabilities; mental health; young, vulnerable people; women fleeing domestic violence; and addiction issues. As the industry is expanding so rapidly, appropriately qualified and experienced staff are in high demand.

The course leads to an academic qualification, which provides a professional qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

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): K450

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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