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Diploma in Private Sector Housing Interventions

Learn about the course below
September 2024
1 year synchronous online
Or can be studied over 2 years
Part-time (Distance Learning)
£4,625 (UK)
Course leader
Alan Page

Industry/ sector situation

  • Local authority private sector housing teams
  • Housing association

What does our Diploma do?

  • The progamme is designed to support those entering the sector and those with some experience to become fully fledged practitioners to improve conditions in the privately rented sector.
  • Students will gain and understanding of the sector, impacts of poor housing on health, together with law, governance, and building construction.

Why study Diploma in Private Sector Housing Interventions at Middlesex University?

  • We are the only provider of this course nationally.
  • CIEH accredited and students can go on to gain the CIEH recognised qualification.
  • Working with employers from London, Southeast, Manchester, Portsmouth and other LAs.
  • Employer supported so you will be learning through work as well as at university.
  • Designed for those who want to improve living conditions of those living in poor quality housing in the privately rented sector.

Course highlights

  • Studied online but with timetable sessions.
  • Taught by experienced practitioners.
  • Peer learning so that you learn how other’s regulate and improve private sector housing.

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What will you study on Diploma in Private Sector Housing Interventions?

  • Understanding the principles of legal interpretation, governance and statutory and other forms of nuisance intervention.
  • Role of housing in public health, including the impact of poor housing conditions on mental and physical health
  • Effective partnerships in improving housing conditions
  • Effective interventions to improve private rented housing conditions
  • Housing construction

What skills will you gain?

  • How to inspect properties
  • Hazard identification and outlining remedial works
  • Choosing the best way to improve housing conditions
  • Applying the Housing Health and Safety Rating system
  • Modules

    • PRS1009 Law, Regulation, and Statutory Nuisance (15 credits)

      This module develops an appreciation of governance and the legal system, including legal doctrines applicable to criminal, evidence and civil law as well as an introduction to statutory nuisance and legislation covering environmental health housing interventions.

    • PRS2105 Housing in Public Health (15 credits)

      This module explores relationships between housing and health and how organisations can work more effectively to deliver better health outcomes.  A range of social and geographical communities are considered to develop effective, integrated, evidence-based interventions. Skills for implementing housing and strategies and interventions at local level will be developed

    • PRS2108 Housing Conditions and Interventions (15 credits)

      This module explores principles, terminology and methods underlying construction; performance of residential buildings; coupled with practical skills to recognise building defects and ability to specify suitable diagnostic treatments. It explores relevant legislative remedies available to intervene on individual and strategic levels to deliver safer and healthier housing and local environments.

    • PRS2999 Placement learning: Environmental Health (Housing) (15 Credits)

      Placement learning links academic learning to a placement organisation enabling application and development of skills gained from University into the placement and future employment.

      Leaners embed understanding of policy, practice, approaches and roles of agencies in involved in improving conditions and protection of those living within the private rented sector.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indivative and may be subject to change.

How is Diploma in Private Sector Housing Interventions taught?

The Diploma is taught online using timetabled sessions so that you learn together.  You are taught by practitioners who have experience in the field and using your own practice experience and that of other learners to develop a comprehensive understanding of practice.


100% coursework and professional practice portfolio.

GCSEs (Grade C or above) or GCEs (Grade C or above) in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent level 2 qualification including functional maths.

And one of the following:

1. 96 UCAS points.

2. QCF Extended Diploma (from 2010). Extended Diploma/Diploma at MPP.

3. QCF BTEC specialist qualification (2) or equivalent.

4. ACCESS to Higher Education course with an overall pass mark.

5. Mature students will be interviewed by the programme leader to discuss suitability for study at level 4.

6. Students who do not have the standard entry qualifications but who have relevant professional experience may apply to enter the programme using APEL (accreditation of prior experiential learning) – discuss your application with the programme leader.

Prospective students will normally be in a workplace that is involved in the improvement of private sector housing. This is necessary as part of the programme is dedicated towards application of theory in practice and is assessed by a practice portfolio.

The programme is open to students with disabilities. Students who have a disability are welcome to contact the programme leader prior to applications to discuss any specific needs.

The fees below refer to the 2023/24 academic year unless otherwise stated.

UK students*


*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

For more information and to answer your frequently asked questions, please visit our undergraduate funding page.

How can Diploma in Private Sector Housing Interventions support your career?

Graduates can expect to go onto work in destinations such as local authorities and Housing associations.

You could be working in roles such as Private Sector Housing Officer, Technical Officer, Housing enforcement officer and more.

Hasan Erdogan
Senior Lecturer

Hasan Erdogan is a senior lecturer in Environmental Health with substantial practice experience as well as a Bachelors of Laws (LLB).

Pat Lennon
Senior Lecturer

Pat Lennon is a senior lecturer with practice experience in supporting tenants in a variety of contexts.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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