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The Social Policy, Health and Housing courses offered at University Centre St Helens is validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the professional body for the housing sector, with a membership of over 22,000 people.

It provides a quality learning experience delivered by dedicated and professional staff. It’s ideal for those who work in, or would like to develop careers in the fields of social welfare and care, including supporting young people and adults, and areas such as social housing and public health.

Studying Social Policy, Health and Housing at University Centre St Helens allows for a more personal experience with intimate class sizes. Students have regular access to all tutors, developing a close working relationship with their fellow students and personal tutors.

High priority and emphasis is place on the development of constructive links with employers to facilitate placements and, hopefully, create employment opportunities for students. Links have already been established with local employers such as The Torus Group and charities such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, Shelter and the YMCA. Our students have developed important skills on placement, for instance as advice workers and befrienders, and through experience in housing associations. They have also had the opportunity to help particular groups such as care leavers, those with disabilities, the unemployed, 'troubled families', and older service users.

The courses aim is to provide a fulfilling and stimulating experience that connects theory and practice and gives a real insight into social policy as a discipline.

The CIH validation means all students studying on either the Foundation Degree and BA (top-up) degree in Social Policy, Health and Housing are eligible to become student members of the CIH, with access to benefits including reduced fees at conferences and events and a weekly copies of Inside Housing magazine. More specifically, the CIH has validate a number of modules on the course as credit towards membership (CIHCM).

Meet Our Students

Scott CookeScott Cooke
FdA Social Policy, Health and Housing
“I chose to study the Social Policy, Health and Housing degree in order to further enhance my knowledge within the housing industry and help link theory and practice when it came to social policy issues.”
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