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Explore the exciting world of managing people at work in today’s business and HRM environment

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3 years Full Time | 4 years Full Time with sandwich placement
Bishop Otter Campus (Chichester)

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Overview

Study the key aspects of business and specialise in human resource management

Our BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management programme develops your knowledge of the crucial factors within the business sector and the skills you will need to recruit, manage, and develop the most talented staff to compete in an ever-changing business environment.

Gain the knowledge and skills employers need

Many of the jobs you will hold in the future don’t exist yet and this degree will teach you management fundamentals to deal with today’s complex and changing business landscape.

The course will also develop your people management focus should you decide to progress your career in HRM and extend your studies further to gain full Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) accreditation.

Explore a range of topics such as:

  • Human resource management (HRM)
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Operations management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Market research

Work on live projects

You will have opportunities to work on live business projects with real-world clients, as you apply your knowledge to produce creative solutions and develop your confidence, business knowledge, critical thinking, and HR knowledge to prepare you for your future career.

Dedicated work placement options

Our varied work placement opportunities help develop your confidence, experience, and your ability to stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market.

These placements will improve your employability further and act as a fantastic way to put theory into practice.

Small and interactive classes

Our small interactive seminars mean you are seen as an individual, not just another face in the crowd, as our lecturers get to know you and how best to support your academic and personal development.

This approach provides you with opportunities to develop and express your opinions relating to today’s business issues and inspire curiosity into the business world.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited

Our Business Management degrees are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a professional management body who are the only organisation that can award Chartered Manager status – the ultimate management accolade.

This means your degree matches what employers are currently looking for in aspiring managers.

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You could also be eligible for the additional Level 5 Diploma in Management at no extra cost or assignment work. With a good degree accredited by CMI, plus this professional management qualification, your chances of securing employability increase, and you can accelerate your entry into management.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) accredited

This course is awaiting accreditation by the CIPD, meaning that your degree will be accredited by the most recognised HR professional organisation, and particularly useful if you decide to pursue a career in people management.

During your studies, you will be eligible for CIPD student membership and a range of HR specific resources.

On graduation, you will also be eligible for Associate CIPD membership to kick-start your career as an HR specialist.

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On this course you will:

  • Complete projects with real clients.
  • Explore various business, management leadership topics and the strategies, challenges, and solutions businesses face.
  • Have the option to complete a 1-year or short placement (20 weeks).
  • Develop valuable soft skills like confidence, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, communication, time management and resilience.
  • Have the opportunity to take part in events and activities including trips, events, and business guest speakers.

The Course

Gain an in-depth insight into the worlds of business and people management

Year One

Your first year focuses on understanding the fundamentals of business management, how decisions are made, how they and affect other business areas.

During this year, you will develop your employability, enterprise awareness and build a foundation of business knowledge for the rest of your degree through key subject areas such as HRM, employee development/relations, management, operations, and leadership.

Year Two

In your second year, you will further develop your knowledge in human resource management and start to build your own specialism through optional modules.

During this year you will consider whether to go on a one-year placement or study exchange at the end of year two; or continue straight to year three.

Year Three

Your final year see your focus on your research dissertation that acts as the culmination of your learning throughout your degree.

In addition, you will continue to study more advanced aspects of business and human resource management that fit in with your interests. You will also have the opportunity to complete a 20-week part-time work placement.

Freedom to move over to a single honours course

Most of our business degrees share core modules during the first year, which means that you may choose to move from a joint honours degree to a single honours option at the end of year one if you find another subject you are particularly interested in.

Indicative modules

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Academic & Professional Skills 1

This module will support your transition into a university undergraduate degree programme. You will focus on developing academic and professional skills and be encouraged to reflect on and plan you own personal development. You are provided with a range of topics to help you develop and you can choose those most beneficial to you.

Management and Organisations

You will explore business management theories, the role and position of a manager, and your ability to manage others.

You are encouraged to develop your self-awareness as a potential manager and investigate issues like:

  • the history of management
  • structures
  • functions
  • culture
  • sustainability
  • and innovation of an organisation.

You will also explore:

  • aspects of business psychology
  • how people are motivated and behave
  • theories of leadership and conflict management that can be used in effective management.
Assessment

You will be assessed through a report on management topics of interest.

Business Information Systems

Within this module, you will explore the relationship of technology with business.

As well as creating an understanding of what an information system (IS) does, you will examine how an IS may influence business structures, assist in the decision making within an organisation and some of the tools that can be used to improve information handling.

Introductory Law for Managers

This module will introduce you to law in the commercial world.

You will gain a sufficient understanding of the law as a manager and be able to recognise the existence and effects of the law in commercial activities and the key legislation organisations need to follow operationally and with customers.

You will explore when professional legal assistance is required in business.

Assessment

You will be assessed through an online examination and 1 hour in-class test.

Social Media Marketing

This module introduces you to social media from a business and professional perspective.

It is framed within the context of the marketing mix but explores the trend with this tactical aspect and more current ideas around the concept of digital consumers and engaging brand experiences.

You will explore the history, development and future of social media as well as looking at tools to manage roles, teams, and campaigns.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

In today’s competitive business environment, graduates require strong employability skills and a resilient attitude.

This module aims to develop these skillsets by working with a real client in creating ideas, implementing one of them and assessing how they can be more innovative.

You will deepen your knowledge of being entrepreneurial and applying an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to solve a real-life case study with a client.

You will usually work in small groups to develop an ‘innovative’ solution to an identified problem or opportunity.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a group presentation to the client and an individual report on how the entrepreneur can be more innovative.

Accreditations

This is a CMI and CIM accredited module.

Marketing Principles and Practice

This introductory module explores the role of marketing in the modern business environment.

You will discover the core tools and concepts of marketing and investigate the marketing principles of the extended services mix, buyer behaviour, segmentation, and market research.

You will explore business aspects such as contemporary society, digital innovations, and disruptive business models.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a business report.

Accreditation

This is a CMI and CIM accredited module.

Key HR Practices

This module aims to develop your understanding of key practices concerning human resource management and the importance of managing people.

You will examine the skills needed to manage people within various types of work organisations, as you explore:

  • the theory and key principles and practices of recruitment
  • selection
  • retention of talent
  • performance management
  • and reward.

The seminars and supporting literature provide a structure to explore key HR practices within different organisations and contemporary management from a national and international perspective.

Assessment

You will be assessed by case study HR portfolio and time constrained exam with question focus provided in advance.

Accreditation

This is a CIPD and CMI accredited module.

Operations Management

Operations management uses a series of processes and inputs (e.g. materials, money, and human resource) to perform operations such as manufacturing and service provision.  These operations give outputs (the finished goods and services).

This module explores how organisations effectively manage facilities, assets, and resources for the efficient delivery of consistent quality goods and services.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a case study presentation of an operational plan.

Accreditation

This is a CMI accredited module.

Leadership

This module invites you to explore the challenges of leadership in organisations through a critical examination of theory, practice, and possible future directions.

It encourages you to explore effective leadership and encourages you to expand your thinking on alternative strategies as you look forward to your future role as potential leaders in organisations.

Assessment

You will be assessed by individual presentation and report.

Accreditation

This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module.

Data Research for Business

This module introduces you to the concept of data and market research for decision making, to allow you to make informed decisions as business managers and prepare you for your final year research dissertation, or equivalent study.

The module takes you on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for the research processes required for business decisions.

You will use qualitative and quantitative research methodologies specifically applied to your degree route or area of study.

Assessment

You will be assessed by market research analysis and recommendations report.

Accreditation

This is a CMI accredited module.

Professional Graduate

This practical module develops your critical understanding of the concept of professionalism and how it relates to being a graduate in the workplace.

You will plan your own development towards your graduate recruitment and if you chose a one-year internship (professional placement), you will focus on applying and preparing for this placement.

The module emphasises the importance of developing your own employability and encourages continuous reflection on personal and professional development (PDP).

Assessment

You will be assessed through two assignments, a mock job/placement interview and reflective report with PDP action plan.

Accreditation

This is a CMI accredited module.

Employee Development

This module aims to develop your understanding of the principles of developing a skilled and talented workforce and the benefits.

You will explore the factors which influence workforce development and review the scope of learning and development in organisations.

You will also consider different approaches and frameworks for measuring the impact of workforce development and management across different organisations from a national and international perspective.

Assessment

Assessment is by individual essay and case study report.

Accreditation

This is a CMI accredited module.

Employee Relations

This module explores a range of topics around the historical and economic relationship between a business and the employee. You will consider topics including the rise of trade unions, resolving conflict, negotiation, and employee relations amongst many others.

Finance for Managers

This module will introduce you to several key financial concepts and tools necessary to understand and evaluate business performance, from a primarily financial perspective.

This module assumes minimal prior accounting knowledge and provides a practical understanding and conceptual awareness to students who typically are not planning to follow an Accounting and Finance degree pathway.

Assessment

You will be assessed through an essay/report and an exam.

Accreditation

This is an ACCA accredited module.

Economics for Business

This module focuses on business decision-makers and the benefits of gaining a sound understanding of the subject of economics and the analyses of economic data.

The module explores economic theories/concepts, their application to the real-world and their usefulness for explaining the changing mechanics of national and global markets and the processes of government policy formation.

Assessment

Assessment is by presentation and essay.

Project Management

This module introduces you to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective project, including the ‘Prince2’ and ‘Agile’ methodologies.

You will explore techniques for change management and version control and have the opportunity to explore project planning and use Project Management software.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a 3,500-word portfolio.

Sustainable Business and Circular Economy

Businesses are increasingly recognising the range of stakeholders who may be impacted by or have influence over their business, increasing the need for greater social corporate responsibility.

This module explores this principle and focuses on businesses environmental impact and sustainable development. You will explore the concepts of the ‘triple-bottom line’ and ‘circular economy’, where not only economic but also social and environment issues are regarded as important in business planning.

You will critically explore the concept of sustainable business management by applying the topics to a range of case studies including tourism, events, and the wider business environment, at a national and international level.

Assessment

You will be assessed by creating sustainability videos and presentations.

Consumer Buyer Behaviour

This module will equip learners with the fundamentals of consumer behaviour.

Psychology is used widely in both marketing and human resource management and leadership and vitally important in understanding consumer behaviour to ensure business provides products and services that meets their changing needs.

You will critically appreciate the importance of psychology to decision making and the field of marketing, as well as analyse and evaluate individual aspects of consumer behaviour and social and group aspects of consumer behaviour during your studies.

Financial Reporting

This module will enable you to describe and critically discuss how financial reporting can be regulated, including the system of international accounting standards.

You will learn to prepare statutory accounts in the appropriate form for a single business.

Assessment

You will be assessed through an online examination and a one hour in- class test.

Accreditation

This is an ACCA accredited module.

Corporate Finance

This module will give you an insight into the practical impacts of key areas of corporate finance.

You will cover an overview of the core concepts of corporate finance before focusing on specific related areas such as corporate valuation and merger and acquisition activity.

You will be introduced to more complex aspects of finance theory including:

  • Portfolio Theory
  • Capital Asset Pricing Model
  • Capital Structure Theory.

You are encouraged to examine ‘corporate finance in action’ and to link your theoretical studies with practice.

Assessment

You will be assessed through an essay and an online exam.

Accreditation

This is an ACCA accredited module.

Work Placement

All of our students take this opportunity to gain valuable management experience working in an organisation and project work that appeal to you in your future career. The placement is part-time for 20 weeks.

Typically, you would carry out your research dissertation whilst on placement and focus on researching the project areas you are working on and an area the organisation will benefit from the most. This module allows you to gain valuable work experience and enhance your employability which is extremely attractive to employers.

Few other universities offer a professional placement where your research dissertation aligns with your project work.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a learning log submission and an individual presentation.

Entrepreneurship (Business Start-Up Idea and Plan)

In this heavily practical module, you will work to develop an idea for a new small business.

You will present this to get feedback on improving the business viability and create a one-year persuasive business plan.

Your classes will focus on developing your understanding the feasibility and viability of each aspect of your business through testing and evaluation.

Assessment

Assessment is by presentation and creation of the business plan.

Global Business Today

This module introduces you to current global issues that we are hearing about in the news today that are vital for business to react to successfully compete and grow.

You will broaden your understanding of the challenges and opportunities businesses face in areas such as:

  • international trade after Brexit
  • political unrest
  • differences in national cultures
  • global inequality
  • operating sustainably
  • and global consumer behaviour.
Assessment

You will be assessed through creating a conference paper and presentation on one global topic of interest.

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

In this module, you will learn to raise awareness of the ethical considerations relevant to many business practices and issues, as well as raise awareness of corporate social responsibility.

You will be introduced to the concepts, theories and techniques used to address ethical considerations as you critically discuss current business and government policies relating to corporate social responsibility.

You will reflect on your own moral values, attitudes and behaviour and have some interesting debates and discussions in the lessons.

Assessment

You will be assessed through an interview and a portfolio.

Business Trips

In your first year you can take part in optional business trips to highlight the skills you will need in the workplace. You will meet people in their place of work, ask questions and learn about the industry and work environment of various businesses.

Teaching and Assessment

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Teaching

You will learn through small interactive workshops, where you will join a close and supportive environment and develop a wide range of soft skills such as confidence, business acumen, teamwork, communication, initiative, and resilience.

The majority of the course is taught through practical tasks which apply theory and involve problem solving, developing ideas and implementing some of them.

Assessment

Our assessments are more aligned with an authentic workplace, where most of your assignments involve creating business reports, presentations, and portfolios, which develop your critical thinking skills and a solution-focused approach that is vital in the workplace.

Luke

Business student
"I chose to study a business degree at Chichester because the lectures are run a small workshop-style sessions with more 'facetime' with the lecturers, and I felt that I would learn more in the environment."

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Business student
"I've met some great people, really enjoyed my university experience and being away from home. It was definitely the right choice to come here."

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Work Placements

Gain practical experience within the industry

Work placements give you valuable work experience to add to your CV and help to prepare you for the workplace after you graduate.

During work placements you will develop your employability and apply your learning in practice, so you are ready to thrive in business after you leave university. You could even secure employment after you graduate with your placement employer.

Industrial Placements

There are two main types of placement on this course:

  • You may complete a year-long industrial placement between your second and third years of study.
  • A 20 week part-time placement during your final year – some students complete both placement options.

Most students secure placements in London and the South East but you could travel overseas. Past students have worked in Bahrain, India, Singapore, and Australia.

Many placement students continue to work for the companies they completed placements with after they graduate. Some students are even offered full time jobs before their results are published.

Placement Year

This one-year placement option takes place after your second year of study. You will have a paid position with a company and be an employee as well as a registered student. The company will introduce you to the workplace and provide a valuable learning experience to support and develop your understanding of business practice.

20 Week Work Placement

During your final year you will complete a 20-week work placement . This placement is part time, usually unpaid, and will be assessed as a double module for your degree. Your assessment will focus on employability and personal development.

You will focus on a management project during your placement. This project usually concerned with investigating management issues within the placement organisation.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office who will with you and relevant businesses to help you find your best placement match. We ensure that placements are at an appropriate level and suitable for your degree.

You are responsible for finding your own placement, but you can take advantage of the team’s business relationships and opportunities advertised by the placement office. Some businesses reach out to the office to re-advertise their placements each year.

Spencer

Spencer

Business student
"My placement has exposed me to the professional HR environment, and I believe this has given me a competitive advantage when seeking a graduate role. I know I have gained skills such as, adaptability, problem solving, teamwork which I have taken into my third year and will take on into my Professional career."

Students find placements in all types of businesses; some recent examples include:

  • Butlins Skyline Ltd (HRM)
  • Citizens Advice (HRM)
  • Condair (HRM)
  • Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Hays Recruitment (HRM)
  • Nissan Motorcars
  • PWC
  • Target Professional (HRM)
  • Rolls Royce
  • Montezuma's Chocolate
  • Goodwood

Business Trips

In your first year you can take part in optional business trips to highlight the skills you will need in the workplace. You will meet people in their place of work, ask questions and learn about the industry and work environment of various businesses.

Strategic and International HRM module field trip
Our students went on a field trip to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Goodwood, which included a guided tour and interview opportunity with the Rolls Royce Motorcars HR team.

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Guest Speakers

Get a unique insight into the professional world

We also engage with local businesses who visit as guest speakers, deliver masterclasses, or set you genuine business challenges to solve.

These experiences help you bring theory to life, understand first-hand the challenges businesses face and techniques to overcome them.

Working with real clients and business on current commercial and business problems and projects provides the basis for some assessments and enable you to apply your learning to authentic commercial situations.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.

Jen

Jen

Business School student who studied abroad in Finland for for a year
I would recommend to everyone to study abroad for a year. I’ve met so many wonderful people from all over the world who are now great friends that I will visit even now my year abroad has ended. Some highlights of my time here were visiting Santa in Lapland, spending a weekend in a traditional Finnish cottage in the lake region, having an outdoor BBQ in the middle of winter and going to many saunas. For those concerned about the financial aspect, there are additional student loans and grants, as well as more support options for lower income households. I have learned a lot about Finland, such as the beautiful nature, history and traditional food. I've also learned lots about myself and improved my skills in confidence and independence, and now I see the world from another perspective.

Careers

Excellent professional level graduate employment results

This multi-disciplinary BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management degree gives you the skills needed to succeed across a range of business industries and job roles.

Employers will value the breadth of your knowledge gained through the degree and your specific understanding of HRM and people management.

 

Where you could go after your studies

When you graduate you will be ready to make an immediate and on-going contribution to your workplace in the field of business and human resource management. You may decide to further your HR specialism by progressing in HR and obtaining CIPD status.

Previous graduates have secured jobs at companies including:

  • Google Europe
  • Shangri La Hotels
  • West Sussex Country Council
  • Vent Axia
  • R21 Media
  • St Martins in the Fields
  • Grange Hotels
  • Hays
  • The Goodwood Group

Further Study

You may decide to continue your studies to postgraduate level.

The Business School has a diverse range of postgraduate courses including:

  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MSc Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviour
  • MBA
  • PGCE
  • PhD Research

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2024/25

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£15,840

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
104-120
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BBB-BCC
BTEC/Cambridge Technical
DDM-DMM
GCSEs
4/C or better
in English language and mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
with at least 15 credits at Merit.
T Level
Merit (with C in the Core)
in Accounting, Finance, or Management and Administration.
IB
28 points
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

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