Through consultation with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), students and employers, the undergraduate housing courses 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 Skills
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.
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 practical 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 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:
Development and Asset Management
Repairs and Maintenance
Finance, HR and IT
Tenancy sustainability and support