Public Service Management (Housing) Foundation Degree FdA

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

This course is available to start in January 2018. Apply now. 

Award: Foundation Degree in Public Services Management
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: 2B89
Code: SS2511C13
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 2 Years
Part time: 4 Years
Start Dates: january 2018
september 2018
Term Dates: View term dates

This Lancaster University validated FdA Public Service Management (Housing) course has been created to specialise in the exciting and growing Housing field. You will gain practical knowledge and experience of work within the Housing sector. In addition to the core modules you are able to follow a pathway specific to those interested in securing employment or promotion in the Housing sector. Our Foundation Degree is designed to provide an academic base in housing and the development process, although the curriculum is designed to engage students from a varied background. The course provides a progression route for anyone who has studied a Level 3 course in Public Services or an Apprenticeship in Housing, at Blackburn College, or elsewhere. It is also designed for those working in the housing sector whether to professionalise their existing knowledge or seeking promotion. Those who have completed a Chartered Institute of Housing Level 3 qualification will find this programme an excellent progression route.

This two year full-time foundation degree has been designed to engage you in the theories and concepts of housing policy, law and management and regeneration. You will relate this learning to real world practical situations and the work place. At the end of the programme, you will possess appropriate knowledge and skills relevant to gain specialist employment within the local, national and international housing sector. During the programme you will have the opportunity to meet and learn from current housing professionals who will share their experiences. Throughout the programme you will develop cognitive and analytical skills and the ability to use such skills in problem solving in a variety of housing sector contexts. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own practice, make and implement recommendations to enhance practice and improve your professional competence through feedback and problem solving. You will also engage in research relating to housing management and practice which will enable you to develop appropriate academic skills in preparation for further study.

What will I study?

You will study a range of modules that will be relevant to your interest in careers within the housing sector. As a student you will be a member of a broader public services cohort, which will provide you with shared learning experiences with other students on a suite of courses at UCBC. In addition you will follow a specific Housing pathway with specialised modules. By the end of the programme you will have completed at least 240 hours of a relevant work-based learning placement. This will mean you can apply for graduate jobs with experience of the sector giving you the edge in a competitive jobs market. Our Foundation Degrees are designed so that throughout all modules, employability skills and experience of public sector jobs is integrated into the programme. You will also be able to apply your classroom learning and skills within a workplace setting. Modules You will be study specific modules including: Housing Practice and Policy, Property Management and Planning and a Housing focussed research project. Upon completion you will be able to progress to BA (Hons) Public Service Management (Housing) (Top Up).

  • Social Policy and Welfare
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Legal Principles
  • Contemporary Public Service Provision
  • Management and Leadership
  • Economics and the Public Sector
  • Research Methods
  • The Reflective Practitioner
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Services
  • Managing Risk in Public Services
  • IntroductionÂ& to Project Management
  • Work Based Learning
  • Housing Practice and Policy
  • Property Management and Planning
  • Housing Research Project

You are also able to gain an additional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Housing through studying this programme. This does however have an additional cost of around £200. 

Download the Programme Specification for FdA Public Service Management. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need 48 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 120 UCAS points). All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 5.5. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

New UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry. UCAS has introduced a new tariff system which aims to provide a fair and more transparent process of allocating tariff points across a wide range of qualifications. This new tariff system will be used for courses starting 2017. Applicants should note that new tariff points for a qualification may be different to the points for the same qualification in the previous system – generally tariff points will be lower on the new tariff.






How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course you will be assessed through: Reports, Presentations, Case studies, Portfolios, Essays, Examinations and Research projects. You will also have the opportunity to learn through practical activities, trips and seminars led by housing professionals currently working in this field. Past students have gone on to become: Housing Managers, Neighbourhood Managers and Homelessness Advisors to name a few.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Upon completion of FdA Public Service Management (Housing) you will be able to progress onto the BA (Hons) Public Service Management (Housing) (Top Up) subject to you receiving a merit. Alternatively you may choose to seek employment in a variety of housing roles - including within housing management teams, neighbourhood management as well as regeneration and estate development projects.

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"The level of support provided by tutors was once again highlighted by students as a particular strength of the programmes. The programmes have been enhanced by additional activities such as a group visit to a housing project in Nottingham, which has provided context to learning for learners."

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