Housing Studies BTEC HNC
The HNC Housing Studies qualification course will provide you with the necessary skills to work within both private and social housing roles.
5 reasons to study here
- Industry relevant: You'll gain the necessary skills to enable you to successfully work within both private and social housing roles.
- Academic progression: Students who successfully graduate the HNC programme will be offered a progression route to BA (Hons) Housing Studies.
- Professional accreditation: Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing.
- Professional links: We regularly invite guest speakers in from housing organisations to speak to our undergraduate students.
- Field trips: In the first year we run a three-day field trip study visit to Liverpool and Manchester to examine urban regeneration scheme.
This degree course covers...
The course starts from the experience you and your fellow students have within the workplace and encompasses housing welfare, community care and the housing development and building process. This course covers:
- housing histories
- society and welfare
- social housing
- law and policy
- the built environment
- Housing in context
This module provides an introduction to housing, how it interacts with a range of other services and professions. It introduces contemporary housing policy and examines issues of housing tenure. The module emphasises the link between housing and planning policies and the environment and sustainability. It examines the policy and operation of housing and welfare issues and how they are linked. The module includes a field trip which illustrates the class based lectures and demonstrates the links between this and other Level 4 modules.
- Explanations in housing histories
This module deals with the evolution of housing and the role that housing plays in contemporary society, and in shaping our towns and cities. In particular, it considers how local housing histories can offer explanations for the social and physical development of an area. Through researching the housing history of your street or house, students can develop a better understanding of these changes. Additionally, by looking at a series of contemporary social issues, consideration is given to the significance that housing has in inequalities of various kinds that exist in society today.
This module focuses is on housing organisations and will therefore emphasise voluntary and not for profit organisations. It introduces a range of academic analysis of the nature of organisations and the role of individuals within them. It explores how they are operated and managed particularly when they are subject to rapid change. The exploration of organisational culture and the factors which drive change are examined.
- Funding social housing
This module offers students an introduction to the policy framework of the UK housing finance system, including issues and problems that arise from this(such as affordability). We also consider the funding mechanisms for social housing, regeneration and private house building, budget setting and personal finance issues such as housing benefit, poverty and problems with debt.
- Producing the built environment
This module provides an introduction to the process of the development of residential housing, including the role of the developer and the speculative house builder as well as the various roles of local authorities (as enabler, planner and commissioner), housing associations and other key professionals. The role of town planning in the development process and the broader context within which housing development occurs are also considered.
- Law for housing professionals
This module is an introduction to all aspects of housing law and the legal environment in which it operates. It will incorporate the introduction of how housing law is created through legislation and case law, provide introduction to homelessness law and landlord and tenant obligations in regard to tenancies and disrepair. Here we also explore possession proceedings and dealing with anti-social behaviour matters.
- Society and welfare This module is designed to provide students with a broad introduction to the variety of social science perspectives on contemporary society, governance and welfare in the UK and how these impact upon the development of policy and practice.
Students will develop an understanding of the social and economic processes which are at the foundation of public policymaking, more particularly in Housing and Planning.
The module also explores the impact that class, race and gender have in shaping our towns and cities – how neighbourhoods become desirable or not, rich or poor, rundown or upmarket.
The module will provide students with a basic understanding of the social and economic structure of contemporary British society, including political processes and structures of government, and to locate these changes within broader processes of economic and social change.
- Housing management and maintenance
In this module you will critically examine current housing management and maintenance issues. It seeks to enable students to understand how policies and performance targets are set out for housing management and maintenance in different organisational settings. Consideration is also given to the impact of such targets on organisational behaviour. In considering each of the housing management and maintenance tasks, students are encouraged to identify the relevant landlord and tenant laws in relation to the above. You will also learn the importance of defects associated with houses and the importance of conditions surveys and planned maintenance.
The course will enable you to develop a range of employability skills to work in housing management, frontline housing support services, management posts in Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords (RSL), finance, housing development, regeneration, advocacy and homelessness.
Currently there is a national shortage of qualified town and environmental planners in the UK so the demand for our postgraduate courses is particularly high. If you're interested in housing as a career you could find yourself working in private and social housing or the maintenance and management of public, private and commercial buildings.
Recent graduates from this course have gone onto roles such as Housing Manager, Area Housing Officer and Case Management Coordinator.
Students who complete the HNC may gain entry to the third year part-time of the BA (Hons) in Housing Studies.
Housing Officer as a career
Housing officers manage and maintain properties on behalf of their employers, usually local authorities, and then fill the properties and ensure the tenants and accommodation are well looked after.
Role and responsibilities
Day-to-day duties can vary widely, from inspecting properties to see if any maintenance is required, to interviewing tenants for vacant properties, to setting rents and dealing with payments and arrears.
Much of the work is office-based, although visits to properties and tenants can be frequent. Housing officers can be employed by government departments, charitable trusts, property companies and private landlords; however the largest employers are local authorities.
Skills and attributes
This career requires excellent communication skills, a firm yet sympathetic attitude and strong organisational skills. The work can be challenging and rewarding in equal parts – housing officers often get to play a big role in improving people's quality of life, but they also have to deal with evictions and abusive clients.
There are plenty of opportunities for career progression, going from housing officer to senior officer, and then into management is a common route. Starting salaries for housing officers begin around £20,000-£27,000, while managers can earn up to £50,000. (National Careers Service)
LSBU Employability Service
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LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.
As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.
Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:
- Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
- Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
- Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
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- Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
- Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university
The university has links to professional bodies who can offer opportunities for short term placements facilitated through the Universities employability team.
Sonia previously worked in an advice centre and the Law Centre as a housing adviser. She is interested in Housing Law, Community Care and Human Rights Law, Housing Policy and Social Welfare.
Dr Manuela Madeddu is a qualified architect and holds a PhD in town planning. She is an urban designer and her research interests range from public spaces to housing quality and Feng Shui.
Alan teaches on housing association governance, social welfare, social and housing policy, sustainability and European housing. He previously worked in local authority housing departments.
Teaching and learning
Students attend one day per work and participate in study trips. There are a variety of learning methods used, e.g. projects, workshops, study visits and group exercises as well as traditional lectures and seminars.
Methods of assessment
Assessment is based mainly on coursework and online exams (no written exams).
- A Level DD (48 UCAS points) or:
- BTEC National Diploma MM (64 UCAS points) or:
- BTEC National Diploma Extended MPP (64 UCAS points) or:
- Access courses – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 (48 UCAS points).
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
Mature students (over 21) without the above may be admitted on the basis of relevant voluntary or paid work experience in a housing organisation.
Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Suggested reading list
- Affordable and Social Housing: Policy and Practice 2013
- The Tenant's Rights Manual: The Essential Guide to Renting 2015
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