Planning and Housing

Good quality housing is one of the most basic necessities in producing thriving communities and ensures the health and wellbeing of its inhabitants.

Working in the housing sector can be stimulating and interesting and can make a positive contribution to people’s lives. The City and Regional Planning course focuses on why places, such as cities, towns and the countryside – change and how they can be improved through planning.

At Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff University you can study courses in City and Regional Planning, Housing: Supported Housing and Housing: Policy and Practice.

Housing: Supported Housing

‘Supported Housing’ describes a profession that incorporates the fields of social care and housing. The Supported Housing course is an applied Social Science and individuals in the profession provide social, emotional and lifestyle support to people in their own homes whilst acting as a landlord or household manager.

The ‘Supporting People’ funding programme created a supported housing industry that is growing in size and variety. You may be working with people with learning disabilities, mental health issues, the young and vulnerable and those with addiction issues.

If you are interested in the Housing industry, have great social skills and want to make a difference to people’s lives then the Supported Housing course could be for you!

What will I learn?

Students will learn all of the essential core skills and experiences that a supported housing professional requires. This incorporates elements of both social care, and housing management. You will gain a broad understanding of the legal, economic and social issues affecting the profession and how to handle these.

You will undertake a practice placement which will enable you to gain experience of the industry and to reflect on issues and practices within the workplace.

Careers

Graduates work in the Supported Housing profession, working with local councils and within communities on varied Supported Housing projects.

The Supported Housing course leads to an academic qualification, which provides a professional qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Housing: Policy and Practice

Good quality housing is one of the most basic components in any town or city. Housing is a priority within local, regional and national councils and governments, and as a result, housing employers are working with more varied partners to create and regenerate communities.

If you want to work in a fast-paced industry and gain a complete knowledge of the Housing industry then Housing: Policy and Practice could be for you!

What will I learn?

Students will learn all of the essential core skills and experiences that a housing professional requires. You will gain an understanding of all aspects of housing: how policies are developed; finance for housing and supported housing; legislation; housing management; managing performance; planning and development; design; and working with vulnerable people.

You will undertake a practice placement which will enable you to gain experience of the industry and to reflect on issues and practices within the workplace.

Careers

Graduates have gone on to work in housing management, housing strategy, development and asset management and finance.

City and Regional Planning

Are you concerned about the future of city centres and green belts? Do you want to help create more sustainable cities?

The City and Regional Planning course focuses on why places, such as cities, towns and the countryside – change and how they can be improved through planning. The course focuses on the social, economic and environmental challenges of creating better places to live in. The course equips students with the capacity to manage today’s most pressing urban and rural challenges.

If you are interested in the relationship between people and the built and natural environment then City and Regional Planning could be for you!

What will I learn?

Students will learn the essential theory and techniques for spatial planning at international, national, regional and local levels. You will develop important skills in project organisation, practical problem solving, and develop analytical and creative skills. You’ll also learn how to analyse places, interpret plans and understand the core principles of spatial planning. You will take modules which focus on economic principles, the law surrounding planning, why cities develop in particular ways and the planning in different European and international contexts.

There is the opportunity to take a placement year and enter the real world of planning, gaining valuable experience and skills. You will also go on field trips around the country and design schemes for new developments.

Careers

Graduates have followed careers in planning, surveying, design and development as well as fields such as transport, economic development and urban regeneration. Some have gained employment with local planning authorities, neighbourhood planning organisations and private developers both in the UK and internationally.

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