BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

The benefits of joining the Human Resource Management (HRM) programme at Chichester are that you will get to understand a lot more about people - different personalities, characters and behaviours of individuals - at work. You will become more aware of the way people around you respond socially, psychologically and economically. You will realise why certain people behave the way they do. And you will understand more about the nature of their jobs.

The world of work is changing very quickly, so an understanding of how all this affects the way people are managed in the workplace is really important. We look at all of these dimensions to develop a more complete understanding of managing people in work.

Student view

Sarah Feeney
The structure of the syllabus is flexible to my needs and the content of my degree, whilst challenging, is really good fun.

Course content

We all spend many years of our lives working in organisations. All organisations require us to make goods or provide services, and so knowing how to effectively manage people in the workplace is very important and valuable. This applies to all managers.

We will get to know a lot about people's behaviour at work and how this can be influenced. Together in small groups, we will learn that the way we are managed in the workplace influences what we think about our work, our colleagues, and our employer.

The course modules are all designed to facilitate the learning of subjects relevant to current human resource practice and the continuous development of personal management skills. The first year of the programme ensures that you will have a solid foundation in business subjects, for example finance, marketing and management before specialising in Human Resource Management in years 2 and 3.

The programme is quite flexible in that you might, for example, decide after the first year that you want to focus on another business subject (e.g. Marketing or Finance).

Our facilities

You will have lots of facilities on this dedicated university campus including latest books, journals and online data in a truly modern library, an IT centre, a student zone complete with Costa Coffee, a gym and much more, oh and if that’s not quite enough for your needs we are just across the road from the beach - brilliant for creativity and inspiration.

Where this can take you

The skills obtained through studying a degree within the Business School are a frequent passport to success in the world of professional employment.

Completing a degree with us will enable you to become proficient in just the sort of transferable skills welcomed by today’s employers.

Analysing and summarising diverse forms of evidence, working to tight deadlines, articulating yourself clearly in written and verbal forms, demonstrating a capacity for reasoned argument and debate: these are all highly desirable aptitudes in the work place.

This programme will give you the skills and experience necessary to flourish in a challenging business environment.

Possible job paths:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Recruitment
  • Employee Relations
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Employment Law
  • Management
  • Consultancy
  • Training and Development
  • Trade Union and Professional Associations
  • Administration
  • Education

Work placements

You’ll have the option to undertake a four year professional placement programme by completing a one-year internship in year three. Following this placement, you’ll return to university to complete your final year.  The internship is typically salaried and, if you choose this route, you will receive professional placement recognition as part of your degree title. A few placements are listed below:

  • West Sussex County Council
  • HW Chartered Accountants
  • Rolls Royce
  • Littlehampton Harbour Board
  • Thales
  • Shore watersports
  • IBM
  • Hays Recruitment
  • Goodwood
  • National Air Traffic Centre

Indicative modules

Year One

  • Management and Organisations
  • Business Decision-making
  • Introductory Law for Managers
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Accounting Skills
  • Business Information Systems
  • Working with Others and Developing Self

Year Two

  • Data Analysis for Research
  • Business Research
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership
  • Employee Relations
  • Employee Development

Year Three 

  • Business Strategy
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Critical Issues in Human Resource Management
  • Management Project
  • Workplace based Learning

Teaching and Assessment

Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to enable you to become a confident and enterprising graduate.  It is focused on seeking to support your ambitions, in parallel with ensuring that the needs of employers are met.  With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:

  • In place of the more traditional large group lecture method to teaching undergraduate students adopted by most University Business Schools, our approach involves tutors working with relatively small numbers of students at a time.  As well as providing an excellent environment for supporting you in the development of your subject expertise, it also helps you to develop a wide range of soft skills, such as teamwork, communication and time management.  These attributes are highly valued by graduate employers. 
  • Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects.  These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.
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Course length

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry requirements 2017 - 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBC – CCC

A level / BTEC combination (including AS / E.P.): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points


GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits at Merit