Housing Practice (Learning Pathways)

Professional Certificate, Certificate in Higher Education, Foundation Degree

The Learning Pathways for Housing Practice programme is located within the larger Work Based and Integrative Studies (WBIS) framework. WBIS is learning framework which enables the delivery of genuinely self paced and negotiable learning which can be tailored to the needs of individual learners and organisations.

WBIS programmes are modular and based on a system of accumulating credits which lead to the award of higher education qualifications. Opportunities are available for the accreditation of prior experiential and accredited learning which can substantially add to the achievement of credits. Since 1998 WBIS has been used to help mature learners in the workplace complete accredited programmes of learning.

The Faculty of Lifelong Learning, in partnership with the Faculty of Social Science, delivers Learning Pathways for Housing Practice using the WBIS framework. The programme takes into account the diverse and wider range skills required for regeneration practice.

Why study this course?

This programme will offer you the unique opportunity to undertake study which is directed related to your work based practice and experience. You can shape your programme of learning to your specific requirements.


Unlike all other university Housing programmes, Learning Pathways is highly flexible and uses work based learning as the framework for the achievement of credit. Modules are delivered using a blend of distance/electronic learning, tutorial support, workshops and short courses. There is no need for day release.

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme.  Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time as part of the University‚Äôs commitment to curriculum enhancement.

Learners, in close consultation with tutors, construct their own programme from a wide range of work based, subject specific and generic skills modules;


Whiteheads logoProfessional Certificate in Housing Management Law

 The professional certificate in housing management law has been developed jointly by the University of Chester and Whiteheads Solicitors.

The certificate has been developed for housing professionals for whom a working knowledge of the specific legal frameworks related to housing management is important.

It is also appropriate for updating your skills if you are returning to work in housing.

In order to be awarded the professional certificate you must take three of the four modules;

  • Introduction to Housing Management Law
  • Community Safety Law 
  • Tenancy Management Law & Homelessness 
  • Asset & Estate Management Law

View more information on these modules.

The Principles, Processes and Skills of Coaching

The focus of this coaching module is the application of coaching as a Learning and Development tool to improve business/organisational performance, individual's competence and team performances in the workplace. It will develop participants' awareness of relevant issues in the contemporary coaching scene and enable them to critically consider these issues in the context of their workplace/business. Students will be expected to reflect critically on their own experience of coaching /coaching practice and advance their capability, professional knowledge and skills in the field of coaching.

Leading and Managing People

The module is intended for professional practitioners who find themselves assuming greater management and leadership responsibilities without having received any formal management training and education. The module addresses the key requirements for human skills required by managers in respect of motivating people to work, developing a cohesive and inclusive management style, recruitment and selection, encouraging a performance culture and developing staff, team working and leadership. The module is suitable for a wide range of practitioners on the WBIS programme.

Social Exclusion

This module is designed to provide an introduction to the concepts of and theoretical approaches to Social Exclusion. It explores how Social Exclusion is measured. This includes the use of quantitative measures provided by for example, the national indices of multiple deprivation. It considers the key skills and issues of relevance to both strategists / practitioners involved with both regeneration and social inclusion policies and programmes. The final section of this module considers evaluation issues in respect of social inclusion policy in England and Wales, and the relative impact of interventions on the most marginalised areas and groups.

Conflict Transformation

The module is aimed at people working in organisations or within communities. It will enable students to examine and evaluate a range of attitudes and methodologies of relevance to organisational/community conflicts. It will allow them to develop an understanding of the nature of conflict and apply that knowledge as they experience and/or attempt to transform conflict situations. Students will also be encouraged to reflect critically on the culture, ethos, and work procedures within their organisation, and to assess the impact of their new knowledge and research on the development of the organisation and/ or on their own personal and professional development.

Negotiation Skills

This module is ideally suited to those who are called upon to deal professionally with conflict, through negotiation, whether as practitioners, managers, educators, carers or volunteers. This module will provide a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of negotiation skills and how this can assist assertion, support autonomy and save individual's significant upset and financial cost as well as enhancing core life and relationship skills and / or employability.

This list of modules is not exhaustive. Learners can devise their own accredited learning projects. Alternatively, where demand exists, new modules will be developed by the module team.

Learning Pathways for Housing Practice also shares a number of modules with Regeneration for Practitioners. For further information be see the Regeneration web pages.

Each module is assessed by means of coursework. The nature of this work varies between modules, but the emphasis of the programme is on relating experience to key models, theories and examples of good practice drawn from the workplace generally, and from housing practice specifically.

Learners are encouraged to submit examples of their own practice. Strong emphasis is placed on dialogue feedback and personal cognitive development through the submission of drafts.

This programme of learning will support the training and career development of practitioners in the work place.

For further information please visit:  www.chester.ac.uk/careers


UCAS points:  
GCE A Level:  
International Baccalaureate:  
Extra Information: It is likely that many applicants will have a good standard of education. However the emphasis will be on work based practice to determine the appropriate level of entry to the course. Those without formal qualifications are therefore encouraged to discuss making an application for this programme of learning.

Due the flexible nature of the programme and the fact that it is delivered within the WBIS framework, where relevant, students are also able to acquire credits at undergraduate level in advance of progressing to postgraduate level.

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