• Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2023, 22 May 2023
  • Award Undergraduate Credit
  • Study Mode Part-time Distance Learning
  • Course Length Part-time Distance Learning (1 year)
  • Campus Location Distance Learning
  • School Institute of Society and Community (IoSC)
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Why choose this course?

This programme consists of two short course modules, 'Sustainable Housing: Climate, Place and Community' and 'Legal and Regulatory Frameworks in Housing'.

Reflecting the ever-changing demands of health and social care, this course has been crafted to provide an up-to-date education on matters of sustainable housing, drawing from employer and sector input to ensure that the content is up-to-date and highly relevant.

Our flexible curriculum is designed to work for you, accommodating your employment and/or caring needs, while taking your particular workplace experience into account.

Lecturers with prior experience in a range of relevant contexts will deliver this programme, building on the University of Wolverhampton’s history teaching the subject. You will examine emergent trends and theoretical concepts in the housing and social care sectors, in terms of their relation to real-life practice, situations and problems. Throughout this process, you will study sustainable building practices and the role of digital innovation in housing contexts, among other cutting-edge topics.

Building on years of teaching at the University of Wolverhampton, this short course explores emerging trends and theoretical practices in the housing and social care sectors, integrating input from leading employers into the curriculum.

The changing demands of employees are reflected through a flexible programme, meeting your needs as a student with career or caring responsibilities and as a prospective worker. Sustainable building practices, the role of digital innovation, and key frameworks are covered by experienced lecturers from the School of Society and Community, committed to imparting their relevant knowledge for numerous positions within the field.

What happens on the course?

Sustainable Housing: Climate, Place and Community

On this short course you will study what is meant by sustainability through environmental, economic and social dimensions, effectively exploring and evaluating sustainable housing in the sector.

You will research into asset management and practices used to improve sustainability of new and existing homes, as well as consider, evaluate and critique emerging standards and building regulations, with particular focus on the impact on sustainability for future generations, communities and the wider environment.

Your theoretical understanding of the topic will be tested in practical situations, using example industry case studies. You will benefit fromthe knoweldge and experience of staff at the School of Society and Community, as well as from the input from within the sector, maximising your potential employability and workplace aptitude upon graduation.

Legal and Regulatory Frameworks in Housing

This short course will prepare you for a wide range of employment contexts, providing a comprehensive foundation to working within legal, policy and regulatory frameworks in housing. You will:

  • examine frameworks which include codes of practice and regulatory standards
  • learn how law is brought into being, introduced, and applied in housing practice through contemporary real-world examples
  • study the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 with consideration for its application in practice
  • analyse landlord and tenant rights, alongside the county court process concerning possession proceedings. This will develop your understanding of the criminal and civil justice process, legal rights, contract law, and tort in relation to housing
  • conceptualise how housing organisations are regulated and the framework they operate within, including the roles of regulators.

The theoretical concepts taught in this programme apply to real-life practices, situations and problems, supported through the experience of our lecturers and employers collaborating to develop relevant course content. The housing and social care legislation and policy taught on this course is relevant to all students, supporting and informing practitioners working in diverse roles and settings across both sectors.

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Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on developing strong, constructive rapport between students and staff, a factor which enforces delivery of informed, effective teaching. To this end, classroom-based learning with face-to-face discussions and activities alongside online teaching content, complement core knowledge with valuable experience. Lecturers are informed through practice and research in housing and social care, which students are encouraged to mirror through taking research opportunities in the University and the wider community, drawing upon sector connections and on-campus careers services, such as The Workplace.

You will be encouraged to examine your roles and responsibilities, working within legal and regulatory frameworks based on developed subject knowledge and research. You will apply the theory of relevant legal, regulatory and policy frameworks in the housing and social care sectors to an individually developed case study in the sectors, demonstrating your ability to articulate application of theory to practice in written form which reflects work-related examples.

Each short course will offer the opportunity to learn from lecturers who have extensive experience of working in a range of contexts within the sector.

By studying this course you will develop confidence to:

  • examine your own roles and responsibilities working within legal and regulatory frameworks in work-related contexts
  • appreciate and scrutinise the complex and diverse nature of regulatory frameworks in the housing and social care sector
  • apply legal, regulatory and policy frameworks to an individually developed case-study example in the housing and social care sector
  • articulate in writing the application of theory to practice in work related examples.

All applicants aged 18 and above are welcome, with participants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Please contact our admission team to further discuss your place on the course by emailing: admissions@wlv.ac.uk

Accessing Level 6 modules

  • Level 3 qualifications are accepted for entry. A minimum of 96-72 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
  • Successful completion of the Level 4 modules and Level 5 modules will also allow candidates to access modules at Level 6.

Work-based experience: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply. To apply, you must have a minimum of 24 months’ work experience. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry.

"The things I learned within a short time of being taught by an amazing lecturer I will take with me. Thank you so much for the experience and knowledge you passed."

"I’ve just seen my grade and I burst into tears! Literally, people around me in the library must have wondered what was wrong with me. When I finished writing my assignment I had a feeling it was the best assignment I had written throughout my whole degree. I’m quite emotionally overwhelmed."


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.


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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