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BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

Are you enthused by the chance to work in a discipline that has a major impact on the excellence of people at work? Constant change at work means that organisations are facing increasing challenges.

Employees have never had a more important role in meeting those challenges, and in supporting organisations achieve success. Human resource management provides the professional knowledge and skills needed to get the best out of people at work, and to help make their working lives enjoyable and fulfilling. 

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

This course enables you to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills to make you an effective manager of people, no matter what area of business you choose to work in, as well as an HRM professional, able to impact on the quality of people’s working lives and on their contribution to the performance of their organisation.

This degree will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills to prepare you for a successful career in a complex and ever changing business world, whether you intend to work in human resource management or any other area of business.

In the first year, you will study a range of management-related subjects, designed to ensure you have a broad foundation and knowledge of management, joining with students from a range of business-related degree routes. You will consider the human, legal, economic, financial and technology-related issues managers are faced with, and the tools and techniques they use.

The second year focuses more specifically on key aspects of human resource management, such as training and development, employee relations and leadership, as well as giving you the opportunity to choose from a range of other modules, to meet your particular interests.

The third year (or fourth, if you have taken the opportunity for a year’s professional placement after year two) moves to consider in greater depth the strategic importance of HRM in the creation and management of successful innovative organisations, as well as providing the opportunity of a ten-week work placement, which can be used as the basis for the management research project which is a key feature of the final year.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

The Business School is located in an historic Georgian building, the Dome, based at the University's Bognor Regis campus which has undergone a multi-million pound transformation with a modern interior, purpose-built to reflect our approach to learning, and provide a relaxed yet professional working environment for students and staff. 

You will undertake your workshops in teaching rooms that are bang up-to-date with design features, touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi, and have been described as some of the best in the country. All of our current students love the learning environment, the friendly, supportive culture, camaraderie and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a ‘face in the crowd’. 

For studying outside of classroom meetings we have a brand new library housing the latest books, journals and online resources, an IT centre, and a student zone complete with barrista coffee and snacks. There is a small a gym on campus, and halls of residence with wifi facilities.

The Dome, library, residences and Students’ Union building are all located on a beautifully maintained, green and leafy, level campus. If that’s not quite enough to stimulate your intellect, we are just a short level walk from the beach and, for the more energetic, within cycling distance of the South Downs National Park. 

Further Students’ Union and sports facilities are available at our Bishop Otter campus and there is a regular subsidised bus service between the two campuses.

Where this can take you

As a successful graduate, you will be equipped to enter a range of professional and business careers, as well as specifically human resource management.

Recent graduates have joined organisations in both the private and public sectors, such as:

  • British Aerospace
  • NHS
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Biffa
  • John Lewis
  • Tribal Consulting
  • The Goodwood Group

You will also be able to progress to professional HRM qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and to post-graduate study at Masters level.

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

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

Year Three

  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Management project
  • Work-Based Learning 

Teaching and assessment

We work with our students in small workshop groups to create a learning community which operates in a friendly, supportive and highly interactive way. You will not get lost in huge lectures; our learning spaces have been specifically designed to facilitate our small group-based approach.

We believe this enables us to meet your personal interests, needs and aspirations in a more effective way, and supports your development as a well-motivated, confident learner, and ultimately highly employable graduate.

Our primary focus is on the development of those skills which will make you an effective manager of people as well as a human resource professional who can support employers achieve their aim of working with their employees to create high performing, successful organisations.

You will have 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 real-life situations.

You can do a year’s placement as part of the degree and/or get that experience of work in your final year in a 10-week placement.

Places still available

Codes

UCAS code: 
N600
College Code: 
C58

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

BTEC: DDM - DMM

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