About this course
For this course, you’ll learn how housing problems relate to individual people and families throughout Scotland. You will develop your ability to signpost and refer clients appropriately, all while achieving a recognised housing qualification.
The course consists of five units:
- Housing issues and housing options - This unit covers current legislation relating to housing in Scotland, types of housing in Scotland, common housing problems across different tenure types and how to take action on a client’s behalf.
- Security of tenure - This unit covers different tenure types in Scotland, the essential elements of a lease and the processes of eviction and repossession.
- Homelessness - This unit covers key aspects and possible causes of homelessness, the responsibilities of the local authority to the housing applicant and how to analyse housing options and identify strategies for clients facing homelessness.
- Housing repair & disrepair - This unit covers different types of disrepair, the obligations of the landlord in relation to repair and disrepair and the role of the local authority in relation to repair and disrepair.
- Housing arrears, eviction & repossession - This unit covers rights, responsibilities and options in the context of arrears and repossession, the strategies to avoid eviction and repossession and the eligibility criteria for Housing Benefit.
To demonstrate competence, you’ll have to do a series of self-assessments, along with one written assessment.
The self-assessments come at the end of each unit once you’ve completed all the lessons and the written assessment comes at the end of your course.
People who have taken this course
Housing Support workers, social workers, link workers, community workers, signposting volunteers, concierge staff, letting agency staff, sheltered housing support staff, housing administration and support staff and student accommodation.
Identify the causes and effects of housing issues
Recognise the key issues related to housing in order to offer advice and information
Use knowledge and understanding to support people to address their housing issues
Sucessful learners can download a personalised certificate of achievement and receive an SQA Professional Development Group award level 6.
This course will run for six months and we recommend approximately one hour per week of study time.