Student Scoot Cooke
Scott Cooke, Social Policy, Health and Housing degree student.

Our Social Policy, Health and Housing degree has received validation from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

The CIH is the professional body for the housing sector, with a membership of over 22,000 people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. It is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. The work of the CIH is rooted in three main objectives – learn, improve and influence. A registered charity with a Royal Charter, the Institute provides opportunities for learning and improving, and champions housing in order to influence and improve housing policy and practice.

The 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 agreed to validate a number of modules on the course as credit towards membership of the Chartered Institute (CIHCM).

Social Policy, Health and Housing Programme Leader, Peter Gore commented: “We are absolutely delighted that the Chartered Institute of Housing has given our foundation degree and top-up degree accreditation. We very much look forward to working closely with them in the years ahead to ensure that students are prepared for the challenges which are currently facing the housing sector.”

CIH LogoCIH head of professional standards Vanessa Howell said: “We’re very pleased to have validated University Centre St Helens’ housing qualifications – CIH is excited to continue working with the centre and helping students to learn, improve and influence within the sector.”

The Social Policy, Health and Housing degree offered at University Centre St Helens, provides a fulfilling and stimulating experience that connects theory and practice. Delivered by dedicated and experienced staff, the course aims to give a real insight into social policy, health and housing as a discipline, and to offer hands-on experience to students through employer placements.