Housing Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate & Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC499
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: City and Guilds

The Housing Apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work in the industry. Housing professionals directly affect the living conditions of one in four households and therefore play a large role in shaping the quality of life for communities. Housing covers a wide range of activities, from managing properties, community development, supported housing and hostel accommodation to planning new homes. The private and public rented housing sector includes local authorities, housing organisations, small private landlords, voluntary sector landlords, Registered Social Landlords [RSLs], homelessness agencies, tenant managed and campaigning organisations.

What will I study?
  • Promote safe and ethical, sustainable practice in housing.
  • Plan own professional development within housing.
  • Develop positive relationships with customers and colleagues in providing a housing service.
  • Employment rights and responsibilities in the facilities management, housing and property sectors.
  • Delivery of Affordable Housing Services
  • Equality and Diversity for Housing.
  • Professional Practice skills for Housing


Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Practical demonstration/assignment
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination
  • Written/oral questions
  • Online testing
What can I do next?

Following completion of the Level 2 you may consider one of the following:

  • An Advanced Apprenticeship in Housing Level 3
  • QCF Level 3 Certificate in Housing
  • The Chartered Institute of Housing Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice.

Following completion of the Level 3 you may consider

  • Higher level Apprenticeship in Business Administration, Management or Customer Service
  • Foundation Degree in Housing

You will be able to show your employer that along with being qualified, you also have commitment, dedication and professionalism. This could lead to promotion, higher rates of pay or managerial opportunities.

Once you have completed your Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities. Many students progress to University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation. 

After you have successfully completed any of these foundation degrees you are able to progress on to an BA (Hons) (Top Up) degree which means you will achieve a full BA (Hons) qualification. Studying a Foundation Degree and a Top Up year takes 3 years in total to achieve your degree.


Your Study Programme

View Study Programme Information

Future income

Assistant housing officers can earn up to £18,500 a year.

Qualified housing officers earn between £21,000 and £27,000 a year, with experienced officers earning up to £32,000 a year.

Area managers can earn up to £38,000, and operations managers up to £60,000 or more.



If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.