Undergraduate Cert HE

Housing Policy and Practice

School of Health and Society





One year

18 month

Next enrolment

September 2019

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In a nutshell

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of housing areas including housing management, supported housing, housing advice, lettings (social and private sector), empty property management, private sector enforcement, tenant/ resident involvement, housing development and strategy, homelessness, repairs and maintenance and performance/ business management.

You will study a curriculum that focuses on organisational performance, personal effectiveness, with project management and transferable skills.

Collaborative arrangements with housing providers are required to deliver the work based projects and students will have a named mentor/supervisor within the organisation to support work based projects.

The degree apprenticeship route will allow you to work and study for your degree at the same time meaning you will have a minimum of three years work experience upon graduation. Your employer and/or the government will pay your tuition fees for your apprenticeship programme and you will be earning a salary at the same time. 

You will:
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of housing areas including housing management, supported housing, housing advice, lettings, empty property management, private sector enforcement, tenant/resident involvement
  • Be able to apply your knowledge in a professional context through work-based learning

This is for you if...


You have aspirations of working in the housing sector


You would like to be involved in policy and practice development

Course details

All about the course

There are two distinct components to the degree apprenticeship – the academic degree programme and the work-based assessment. The University – as lead provider – is responsible for delivering the degree programme. The employer is responsible for delivering the work-based assessment components. The University and employer work closely with each other to:

  1. Assure that knowledge you gain on the degree is successfully applied in the workplace
  2. To ensure that the standards and practices required to meet the professional competencies contained in the apprenticeship standard are adequately evidenced by you
Year one

Introduction to Housing

This module will allow you to develop an understanding of the functions of housing management within the context of social housing organisations, understand tenancy law and the financial regimes underpinning the social housing sector. This module will also develop your understanding of the application and operation of a range of housing management functions and will allow you to develop awareness and understanding of housing management processes.

Study Skills for Housing

This module will help you to identify and locate key resources and use basic search skills to retrieve relevant information develop the ability to identify, access and deploy a range of resources relevant to the study of social policy. It will introduce and to develop a deeper understanding of concepts central to the study of social policy to distinguish between core theories, concepts and approaches to social policy. You will develop skills in the critical analysis of ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ sources and develop study skills required for effective study of social policy with specific emphasis on essay writing and the delivery of presentations. You will also develop your ability to critically reflect on your learning experience.

The Principles of Human Resource Management

This module will provide an insight into the distinct contribution of Human Resource Management policy and practice to employee and organisational performance and success within a UK and international comparative context. It will allow you to develop an understanding of the inter-relationship between the dynamic nature of social relationships within a range of organisations, the broader external environment, and the effective management of human resources and employment relations. The module will offer ‘real-life’ practical case study examples and advice about the management of human resources, drawn from cutting-edge research-informed evidence and engagement with a range of external HRM managers and other employment relations practitioners.The module will equip you with a transferable and flexible employability portfolio of skills that can contribute to society at large.

Work Based Project

This module will facilitate your identification and definition of a housing management issue to investigate. It will develop your application of appropriate knowledge and skills to addressing a housing management issue. The module will facilitate your implementation of a work based project. You will develop an appreciation of the interrelationship between social policies and differently placed communities, families and individuals. You will be able to list key concepts and develop analytical skills to distinguish between core theories, concepts and approaches to social policy.  

Year two

Shaping, Making and Doing Social Policy

This module shows how policy is shaped, influenced and translated and enacted in a range of organisations, professions, and contexts, and how this can enhance employability and employment opportunities for graduates of this course.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

A wide range of teaching methods are used according to the nature of the module e.g. online podcast style lectures, seminars/discussion groups, reflective practice, guided study, work based learning and teamwork. Alternative learning technologies are applied throughout the programme including podcasts, virtual learning environment (University web-based platform), Facebook, YouTube and student response system to provide an interactive experience for the students

We provide access to online material which encompasses a number of learning styles, to provide an inclusive learning experience


  • Assessment is primarily by coursework (92%), this includes essays, reports, and a project proposal
  • There is one written exam on this programme (8%)
  • Formative (ungraded) assessments include quizzes; diaries; and mind-maps


One of the key themes for this programme is flexibility and student choice based upon a self-blend model of learning. Two modes of blended learning are utilised:

  1. A face to face induction and a combination of online and face to face modules
  2. A face to face induction and students undertaking online modules

You are able to choose which mode best suits your needs. In both modes, the programme content is delivered initially face to face (through the induction and also through the first session of each module).

School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society recognises the importance of ensuring all our students are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to develop a fulfilling and successful career. The school offers a wide range of undergraduate courses for today’s challenging health and social care environment, incorporating clinical placement and work experience opportunities. At postgraduate and post qualifying level, we offer the opportunity to specialise further in subjects including diabetes care, dementia care, advanced practice for nursing and social care, and leadership and management for healthcare practice.



The School of Health and Society is home to state-of-the-art facilities which enable students to practise new skills in a safe environment under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. We also have a suite of facilities available for students to use for additional study as well as social spaces and bookable study rooms.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

This course will equip students with the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of housing areas including housing management, supported housing, housing advice, lettings (social and private sector), empty property management, private sector enforcement, tenant/ resident involvement, housing development and strategy, homelessness, repairs and maintenance and performance/ business management.

Current students are employed by Flagship Housing Group, Halo Housing and Waveney District Council.

A taste of what you could become

A Housing manager

A Housing advisor

and more...

Career Links

This programme in conjunction with Flagship Housing Group with input from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Housing Consortium). As such, this programme has been designed with the needs of employers in mind and you can be confident that you will be gaining the knowledge, skills and experience required to progress in Housing and Property Management.


What you Need to Know

In order to undertake this degree apprenticeship, you will need to be currently in full-time employment (minimum 30 hours a week), spending at least 50% of your time in England. You will need to be in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to support you through the programme. In order to search for degree apprenticeship roles with local employers, please see www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship


In order to apply for the apprenticeship route, please email us at apprenticeships@salford.ac.uk or alternatively, complete our online enquiry form here. Please do not apply through UCAS for this mode of study as this is not the correct route to apply for apprenticeship programmes. For more information on all of our apprenticeship programmes, please visit our website.

The pre-checklist

If you have aspirations of working in the housing sector and being involved in policy and practice development, then the Housing Policy and Practice Level 4 Apprenticeship could be your next step.

You must be employed by a housing organisation and individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. Academically, students registering to the programme will need to meet the relevant entry criteria.

Which Qualifications do I need?

You will need to have GCSE maths and English at grade C/grade 4 or above. You will also need to have qualifications at Level 3 (A-level/BTEC) or equivalent. You will need the equivalent of 104 UCAS points (BCC) or relevant work experience that we can accredit. 


Unfortunately we are not able to recruit international students onto our Higher and Degree Apprenticeship programmes.

Standard entry requirements


English and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

96 points

GCE A level


BTEC National Diploma


Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test. 

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £9,000per year
Part-time 2019/20 The cost of the full degree apprenticeship programme is £9,000.
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020