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Senior Housing/Property Management Higher Apprenticeship

Certificate in Higher Education (Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Social Policy and Social Work

Fees/Funding: The cost of the apprenticeship will be covered by your employer and/or the Government. You will need to cover the cost of any study materials plus travel to and from campus if required.

Start Dates(s): September


The typical duration for this apprenticeship is 12 months full-time, 18 months part-time.

In Brief:

  • Provides the knowledge and skills required to become a confident employee and will complement your role in the workplace.
  • 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.
  • This programme has been designed in conjunction with Flagship Housing Group with input from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Housing Consortium).
  • Part-time study option

Course Summary

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

Work-based learning is an important part of this programme and enables students to apply their knowledge in a professional context.

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.

"Waveney District Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council were keen to participate in this degree apprentice scheme. It provided a great opportunity to employ and train young people in our community whilst giving them an opportunity to gain a Housing qualification with no financial debt at the end of it. The profession would also benefit from qualified and knowledgeable people and we would hope that we retain our apprentices to bring those skills to either Council. I have been delighted by the scheme so far with our two apprentices delivering quality work to us and proving to be an asset in research and projects to the Housing Team."

Dave Howson, Housing Strategy Manager, Waveney District Council

“I was a bit nervous about the long distance learning because of the worry that I would be left on my own for the whole course. However, this was not the case; the lecturers have been so quick to reply to any queries that I have via email and there is a weekly discussion just to catch up and make sure that there are no problems. Everyone has been so helpful and friendly and when we went to visit for the week it was easy to settle into the university. The online learning website Blackboard is easy to use and there is a clear structure and outline for your work. It is an exciting and interesting course with amazing opportunities.”

Matthew Levesley, Level 4 Apprentice, Flagship Group

Course Details

If you study this course full-time, it will take 3 trimesters to complete. If you study part-time, it will usually take 4 trimesters to complete.

Each trimester has 14 weeks of teaching/study.

The modules carry 20 credits each and the Work Based Project carries 40. These credits are awarded on the successful completion of a module.

Each student has to achieve 120 credits to complete the award of Cert HE Housing Policy & Practice.

Course Structure

Year       Trimester       September (full-time)       September (part-time)      
ONE     1 Introduction to Housing Management  Introduction to Housing Management 
Study Skills for Housing  Study Skills for Housing 
Shaping, Making and Doing Social Policy   
2 Principles of Human Resource Management  Principles of Human Resource Management 
Work Based Project   
3   Work Based Project
TWO       1   Shaping, Making and Doing Social Policy 


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.      
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.      
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.      
This module will facilitate student's 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 moduel will facilitate students’ implementation of a work based project. Students will appreciate 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      
This module will enable you to develop knowledge of the way that policies are shaped, influenced, and developed, and the impact social policies have on those affected by them. You will understand how social policies are enacted in different areas of social policy-related work and ecognise links between their learning experience, policy-related work and employment opportunities.

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English and Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 96 points
GCE A level CCC
BTEC National Diploma MMM

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.

English Language Requirements

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

Applicant profile

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 organization 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.


In order to apply for the apprenticeship route, please email us at 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.

To study on a Higher of Degree Apprenticeship programme, you will need to be employed full-time and be working a minimum of 30 hours per week. If you are not already in employment, all apprenticeship vacancies can be found on the GOV.UK website here -


“The Housing Programme is well structured with a good blend of academic learning and practical experience allowing students to relate to their subject matter. Furthermore it gives the learner a true appreciation of the interrelationships between social policies and communities and neighbourhoods.  

It is my firm opinion that this course will sharpen the minds of housing professionals and provide them with a holistical approach to the delivery of housing services, responsive to the ever changing needs of society.”

Nahim Yakub, Housing Services Manager, Halo Housing Association Ltd
  • 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
  • Access to online material 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


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. In order to search for degree apprenticeship roles with local employers, please see

“The course is a fantastic way to attract more people into a career in housing. It brings together the best of higher and vocational education leading to a guaranteed job with us at the end.

Students are able to gain a degree paid for by us and learn about our business as well as the wider housing sector, at the same time as earning money.

The course is key in providing an opportunity for our business to grow our own talent as we have young people who are professionally qualified with the skills specific to our needs."

Nadine Tapp, Learning & Development Manager at Flagship Group

Career Prospects

  • 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.

Links with Industry

  • 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


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).

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