BSc (Hons) Housing Studies

Housing Studies - BSc (Hons) / Diploma / HNC

Key Facts

Accredited by:
Chartered Institute of Housing
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UCAS Code: K37G
(Full-time applicants only)

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length:
BSc: Three years full-time
BSc/Diploma: Two years part-time (top-up from HNC)
HNC: Two years part time
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Course Overview

​Through consultation with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), students and employers, the undergraduate housing programmes at Cardiff Met have been designed to reflect the demands of the sector and ensure that our graduates are equipped with the appropriate knowledge and professional skills required in the market place. The professional qualification is fully embedded within the Housing Studies programmes. 

Full time students have an opportunity to undertake a practice placement module which when successfully completed, as an element of the degree programme, will entitle them to full Chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CMCIH)

The programmes follow the 2014 CIH Professional Qualification specification and comprise four themes:

  • Context of Housing

  • Delivering the Housing Service

  • Housing as a Business 

  • Ethics and Professional S​kills

The programmes are offered on a full and part-time basis and also allow students to follow an interest in working with vulnerable adults through ​specialist housing related support modules.  Full guidance and advice will be given to students wishing to do so. 

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry.

​Course Content​

Year One/Level 4 (BSc/Diploma/HNC)

Core modules (all 20 credits):

  • Context of Housing
  • Professional Practice Skills
  • Delivering Housing and Support Services
  • Working with Service Users and Communities
  • Introducing the Housing Business
  • Sustainable Places

​Year Two/Level 5 (BSc/Diploma)

Core modules (all 20 credits):

  • Looking into Housing
  • Understanding Inequalities
  • Contemporary Housing Practice
  • Understanding the Housing Business
  • Personal and Professional Development (full-time route only)

Option modules:

  • Regeneration and Sustainability (20 credits)
  • Professional Studies (APEX) (20 credits) (part-time route only)
  • Working in the Community (10 credits)
  • Mental Health (10 credits)

Year Three/Level 6 (BSc)

Core modules:

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Practice Placement (20 credits)
  • Comparative Practice Study (part-time route only)

Option modules:

  • Applied Work Based Learning Module* (40 credits)
  • Homelessness (10 credits)
  • Project Management & Social Enterprise (10 credits)
  • Housing, Community and Culture (10 credits)
  • Housing and the Economy (10 credits)
  • Understanding Policy, Developing Strategy (10 credits)
  • Managing in Organisations (10 credits)
  • Evaluating Quality (10 credits)
  • Addictions (10 credits)
  • Independent Practice Study** (20 credits)

*An applied negotiated work-based learning module at Level 6 is also available as an alternative to the Dissertation. This module, which is designed around negotiated work-based learning, will be available to part-time degree students and those full time degree students that have access to the workplace through paid or voluntary employment. This approach will also provide further opportunity for students to further develop graduate attributes.

**Students only undertake Independent Practice Study if, for some exceptional reason, they are unable to undertake the practice placement module.

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 reflects contemporary housing practice. All full time undergraduate Housing Studies students have an opportunity to undertake a practice placement module enabling them to gain practice experience and qualify for the professional qualification in addition to their academic qualification. Opportunities are also given to students to attend study visits and  access international mobilities, as well as professional conferences and seminars.

Assessment

Assessment is interesting and varied. The practice placement module features a practice-based assessment and students have many opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills to case studies that are based upon current practice issues. Other assessments include traditional essays and examinations as well as reports, research, projects and portfolio development. Students also undertake professional skills development which enhances their employability and enables them to evidence their competence as housing professionals.

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
  • Supported Housing
  • Community development
  • Tenancy sustainability and support

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.

Flexible part-time programmes of study are also offered to current housing practitioners, or those employed or volunteering within a housing or related field, to enable them to further develop their knowledge and skills. The part time programmes  allow participants to exit with a HNC Housing Studies or CIH Diploma in Housing Studies or a BSc(Hons) Housing Studies. Part time programmes are delivered on one day a week with a small number of blocks of learning, and are designed to be combined with employment within the housing field, or with other commitments.

The CIH ​Diploma in Housing Studies and the BSc(Hons) Housing Studies course leads to an academic qualification, which provides a professional qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

HNC:

Applicants should have one of the following (or equivalent):

  • One A-level pass, with five passes at GCSE grades A, B or C
  • A relevant EDEXCEL National (or Higher) Certificate or Diploma
  • 140 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include a relevant subject (C2 minimum grade considered)

Appropriate Chartered Institute of Housing certificated learning

The university may Accredit Prior Learning (APL) in appropriate cases where evidence of learning outcomes achieved by the applicant through other qualifications (for example, Housing NVQ’s) is clear.

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

Diploma:

Applicants should have an NC (National Certificate) in Housing, or an equivalent qualification.

Experienced practitioners with two years experience and graduate practitioners with one years experience can apply via the fast track route to be accredited with the HNC.

Students without these formal qualifications but who have relevant experience are actively encouraged to apply.

BSc:

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

  • 88 points from at least 2 A Levels to include CC; Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered as the third subject
  • BTEC QCF Diploma / Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction / Merit Merit Merit within a relevant subject
  • 88 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include a relevant subject (H4 minimum grade considered)
  • 88 points from at least 2 Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
  • 86 points from the Access to HE Diploma within a relevant 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 all pathways 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.

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.

How to Apply:
BSc (full-time):  Applications 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.

BSc (part-time)/Diploma/HNC: Applications should be made direct to the university, however please familiarise yourself with the Recognising Prior Learning (RPL) page to ensure you apply correctly for the programme.  Additional application information can be found on the Advice for Applicants page.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044, email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk or tweet us @CMetAdmissions.

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


Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms