Business and Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

Overview

If you get a buzz out of helping people reach their potential and want to start a career in HR, this BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management (HRM) degree course will satisfy your ambition.

You'll learn the skills you'll need to take on roles that attract and retain the right people, in the right place, at the right time. You can also explore employment law and effective people management in the global workplace.

This degree course could lead you onto a varied career, where you’ll be a highly valued team member in HR, recruitment or training. The course is approved and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). You can apply for Associate Membership of the CIPD when you complete the course.

This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This allows you to begin to develop commercial and business understanding to underpin your HR practice. It also gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Unpack the theory and techniques of effective people management
  • Develop an understanding of employment law
  • Get to grips with professional skills, sought after in all areas of business
  • Be taught by a mix of HRM practitioners and academic researchers
  • Take advantage of our Business Simulation Suite, to apply your knowledge and skills to scenarios that mimic what you'll experience on the job
  • Get the chance to learn a foreign language

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job with your degree, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Accounting
  • Business Innovation Development Project
  • Business Operations and Systems Management
  • Economics for Business
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Marketing Principles and Practice
  • Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Human Resources for the Professional
  • Human Resource Development
  • Contemporary Employment Relations
  • Business and Employment Law
  • Employability, Research and Professional Development

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Leadership, Governance and Ethics
  • Business Analysis and Decision Making
  • Developing Individual and Team Creativity
  • Organisation Design, Theory and Analysis
  • A foreign language

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Strategic and Comparative Human Resource Management
  • People Resourcing

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Cross Cultural Awareness for Business
  • Discrimination and Conflict in Employment Law
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Improvement and Creativity
  • Managing Equality and Diversity at work
  • A foreign language

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • practical sessions
  • group discussions

Teaching staff include academics and researchers who contribute to CIPD papers and textbooks used on HR courses.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online activities
  • presentations
  • your choice of independent research

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 15% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 68% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 27% by written exams and 73% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

Many organisations have a human resources team responsible for attracting and recruiting the right people and managing and developing them throughout their time in the workplace. Armed with a Business and HRM degree and CIPD Associate Member status, you’ll be sought after by organisations that want skilled and knowledgable staff on their human resources team, or working in similar areas like Human Resource Development (HRD).

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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