Institute of Society and Community (IoSC)

Housing and Social Care

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing, upon successful completion of this course you can become a member of the Institute of Housing.Explore housing development and its impact upon our communities.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing, upon successful completion of this course you can become a member of the Institute of Housing.Explore housing development and its impact upon our communities.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L410
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location University Telford Campus
  • School Institute of Society and Community (IoSC)
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Why choose this course?

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing, upon successful completion of this course you can become a member of the Institute of Housing.Explore housing development and its impact upon our communities. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing, our BA (Hons) Housing and Social Care degree provides an in-depth look at the development of the housing sector and associated job roles, community development, engaging with communities, partnership working, and collective action in the housing sector. 

Introducing elements of the historical development of affordable housing in the UK. You will consider the political, social, cultural, economic and political landscapes of housing services, as well as the context in which they are delivered and monitored.  You will examine the relationship between good housing and the health and wellbeing of communities.

Our staff team have hands-on experience in the housing and the social care sectors and are involved in a variety of research areas.

We pride ourselves on providing a supportive culture and learning environment, with a large team of academic and student support staff to provide excellent pastoral care and a welcoming academic environment in which to undertake the degree.

In Year One of this course, you will develop knowledge and skills about the development of affordable housing in communities, social care values, equality and diversity, and community safety and neighbourhood services with an emphasis on anti-social behaviour and safeguarding. You will also explore housing policy, law, and practice initiatives.

In Year Two you will explore partnership working at an operational level, and the importance of working collaboratively to help customers find ways of securing homes, and to meet need. You will demonstrate team working and address challenges to collaborative practice at an operational level, engender a culture of partnership working and customer involvement in housing.

Year Three will cover partnership working at a strategic level with the emphasis on working in multi-agency contexts, organisational structures, corporate strategies and business plans, risk management governance and accountability. You will also look at sustainable housing including climate, place, and community – exploring emerging research, technology, and innovations in housing that promote socially and environmentally sustainable communities. You will consider sustainable housing polices and practice initiatives from international, national and regional perspectives.

Available to study part-time, this degree offers the benefit of being able to learn whilst you earn.

The degree offers flexibility for part-time students. The part-time route, although taking longer than that of the full-time route, offers greater flexibility for those students who have other commitments, but who also wish to study at the same time.

What happens on the course?

A spiral curriculum (where topics are re-visited and then built upon) will facilitate your learning by building upon previous years’ modules, allowing you to develop an in-depth understanding of key topics.

Each year includes a research-based module where you will examine the purpose and uses of research while exploring contemporary issues and debates in the way research is conducted. The module will outline methodological issues and equip you with skills necessary to evaluate existing research and understand how it can be used to inform your understanding and practice within the housing and social care sector. 

Taking theory into practice is an integral aspect of the course, as is developing your skills of critical thinking, critical analysis, and critical reflection. Your studies will encourage and support reflective work-based learning, including engaging and empowering approaches to problem-solving, such as coaching skills for housing professionals, which are vital skills needed for housing professionals in the world of work today, where competent abilities really do make a difference.

Experts from the field of housing, as well as practitioners working in the sector will be invited to attend seminars to talk to students to provide valuable insight and opportunities to discuss important areas of development.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Career paths are varied and include housing associations, local authorities, charitable sector careers. Graduates gain careers, in the public and not-for-profit sector, as well as in the charitable sector.

  • Housing management
  • Estate management
  • Sheltered housing worker
  • Carer for supported living for elderly residents
  • Local authority work
  • Youth/community involvement
  • Neighbourhood coach
  • Tenant involvement
  • Advocacy/advice roles
  • Policy research
  • Community development

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This course is unique to the University of Wolverhampton in combining housing and social care. Taught at our Telford Campus, it offers great social learning spaces, outstanding teaching technology equipment in teaching rooms including the new state-of-the-art £5 million Marches Centre of Excellence for Health and Social Care.

The new centre opened in summer 2021 and provides practical experience in the field of housing, as well as outstanding training for the next generation of housing professionals. It provides immersive simulation experiences that can be utilised effectively in the housing discipline in virtual real-life scenarios. This new, innovative and practical way of learning will enhance your knowledge through practice by developing key on-the-job skills in a safe, controlled learning environment.

Focused on coaching skills for housing professionals, you will explore coaching frameworks and approaches to help customers achieve the best possible outcomes, learning how to empower others and to examine the value of coaching in the customer/practitioner relationship.

You will develop key skills transferrable and applicable to the workplace. You will evaluate different approaches to problem-solving, communicating information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

You will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of specific housing needs and disadvantages faced by certain groups in society as well as critical awareness in relation to the delivery and funding of housing provision.

 

 

 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Plus

  • 96 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

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Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

At the University of Wolverhampton we have strong links with all stakeholders in the housing and social care sectors, and we have excellent library and research facilities and resources

We are proud to teach our students how to become experts in the subjects they are passionate about, as well as demonstrating how they can use their skills and new knowledge to find and excel in their ideal career.

Here are just a few of the factors that makes us a fantastic choice of university.

  • We put you first – The central pillar of our over-arching strategy is: Students First.
  • We’re the University of Opportunity – Our motto of “Innovation and Opportunity” guides our decision-making and the service we offer each of our students.
  • Our graduates get jobs – In 2020 over 90% of our UK-domiciled graduates were in employment, further study, and/or had started their business within 6 months of completing their course, according to Graduate Outcomes.
  • You’re spoilt for choice – We offer hundreds of courses at a vast range of levels, from taster sessions all the way to postgraduate degrees.
  • We have amazing scholarships and bursaries available – We offer funds including access bursaries for disabled students and those who have previously been in care, travel funds, accommodation cost reduction, the Sports Achievement Scholarship, and a Postgraduate Loyalty Discount.
  • Our facilities are better than ever - The fruits of our 2020 £250 million investment programme “Our Vision, Your Opportunity” can be seen across the campus buildings and facilities.
  • We’re recognised for quality – We hold a Silver award as part of the Teaching Excellence Framework, and we were commended by the Quality Assurance Agency which is the highest level of award they offer.
  • We’re on the pulse of research – Our research community continues to grow and receive global recognition. Following the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014, which graded 41% of our submissions as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”, we look forward to the results of REF 2021.

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for Chartered Membership with that body.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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