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Real experience puts you in the lead

Many students get valuable work experience and placements with local housing providers and tenant management organisations. This experience looks great on your CV – and really adds meaning to the work that you'll learn in the classroom.


There are lots of opportunities in the housing industry. As well as housing management jobs, you can also work in finance, development, repairs and maintenance, customer services and work your way up to senior management.

Many people look to a career in social housing as they may have experienced homelessness themselves – or live in social housing and want to know more about how it works and how people access housing provision.

To work in the industry, we suggest you start with at least a level 2 housing qualification which is an introduction to social housing and provision. Hackney Community College is a really good place to study– as being based in Hackney, it’s ideally located. There is lots of social housing in the area, so we take the opportunity to visit estates throughout the courses – and get a real sense of how what we study fits in with the real world.

Many students get valuable work experience and placements with local housing providers and tenant management organisations. This experience looks great on your CV – and really adds meaning to the work that you’ll learn in the classroom.

HCC is also one of the only colleges in London or the South East to deliver the Chartered Institute of Housing Level 2 and Level 3 certificate in housing practice courses. As well as stand-alone courses – you can also opt to study an apprenticeship – so you get paid while you learn. The courses are also ideal for tenant representatives – with many saying that they now have the confidence and knowledge to be much more influential when getting involved and scrutinising services.

The success rates for the courses are high – with many students going on to good employment or universities after they’ve completed their course.

If you want to help to make a difference and join this rewarding industry, come and have a look around the college and see why it’s such a great place for you to study.

Progression options (further studies/employment):

Students who successfully complete the Level 3 programme have the option to progress onto either of the following Housing courses at university:

  • BA Housing course at London South Bank University
  • BSc Community Development and Leadership at London Metropolitan University

The BSc Community Development and Leadership is recognised by the CIH. If you specialise in housing in the third year of the degree, you get free student membership of the CIH and can then apply for full corporate membership of the CIH once you pass the degree. Contact p.mulrenan@londonmet.ac.uk for more information.

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Progression options (further studies/employment):

Many opportunities exist within the public, private and voluntary sectors where you can work in areas including: housing policy, management, housing advice, housing development, housing support, homelessness prevention, tenant participation and renewal and enforcement.

Students who successfully complete the Level 3 programme have the option to progress onto the BA Housing course at London South Bank University!