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BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

Explore issues faced by managers and how to combat them

N600
3 years Full Time, 4 years Full Time with sandwich placement
Bishop Otter Campus

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Overview

This BA (Hons) Human Resource Management degree will prepare you for a rewarding career in the evolving world of HR and help you to become an effective manager of people, whatever your industry. You will graduate with the skills and knowledge to impact the quality of people’s working lives, their performance, their workplace contribution and the organisation as a whole.

This course is for you if you want to work as an HR generalist, HR specialist or in another area of business as a manager of people.

This  degree is pending CIPD approval and focuses on the contemporary needs of organisations in the areas of resourcing, talent management, employment, law, employee relations, leadership, and ethics.

On this course you will:

  • Explore HR topics including the human, legal, economic, financial, marketing and technology-related issues.
  • Discover the tools and techniques of effective managers.
  • Be able to complete a 1-year or 10-week placement.
  • Develop valuable soft skills like teamwork, communication and time management.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). As a BA (Hons) Human Resource Management student you will be eligible for CIPD student membership and eligible for for Associate CIPD membership when you graduate with a one-year placement.

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Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

This course is taught in small interactive workshops of up to 30 students where you will discuss a specific HR topic. Your lecturer will will provide a subject with appropriate context, give you tasks to work on, encourage group discussion and provide feedback on the session. You will join a close and supportive environment and develop a wide range of soft skills including teamwork, communication and time management.

You will be assessed through a range of assignments including reports, essays, portfolios and exams.

Sarah Feeney

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

The Course

What you will study

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.

In your first year you will study a range of management related subjects to give you a broad foundation and knowledge of business management as a whole. You will consider the human, legal, economic, financial, marketing and technology-related issues HR and people managers are faced with, and the tools and techniques they use. You will share many modules with students from other business courses. 

In the second year you will focus more on key aspects of human resource management such as HR key practices, employee development, employee relations, leadership and research methods. You will study core and optional modules this year and be able to target your studies to match your interests. 

In your final year you will consider the strategic importance of HRM in the creation and management of successful innovative organisations, and explore key contemporary issues in HRM which interest you. You may complete a 10-week work placement in an HR role, which can be used as the basis for your HR management research project.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

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 will investigate issues like the history of management, structures, functions, culture and sustainability of an organisation. You will also explore aspects of business psychology and how people are motivated, behave and discuss theories of leadership and conflict management techniques that can be used in effective management. You will be assessed through a report.

Enterprise Awareness

This module gives you a practical introduction to the commercial realities of organisations and how decision-making impacts different areas of the business. You will use a range of business models to explore the relationships between decisions in operations, sales, marketing and finance. You will also be introduced to basic creation and interpretation of key financial documents and ratios to assess performance. You will be assessed through an group assignment and individual financial portfolio accompanied with a short lecture discussion.

Business Information Systems

Within this module, we will take you on a journey discovering the relationship of technology with Business. As well as creating an understanding of what an information system (IS) does, we will discuss how 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 you may need to seek appropriate professional assistance in business. You will be assessed through an online examination and 1 hour in-class test.

Social Media

This module will introduce you to social media from a business and professional perspective. You will investigate tactical aspects of social media and the concept of digital consumers and engaging brand experiences. You will explore the history, development and future of social media and investigate tools to manage roles, teams and campaigns. You will be assessed through a discussion, presentation, and individual report.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

This module aims to deepen your knowledge of being entrepreneurial by applying an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to solve a live case study. You will usually work in small groups to develop a proposed ‘innovative’ solution to the problem or opportunity. In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, the ability to be entrepreneurial, particularly in creating innovative and viable ideas. This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of decision making in being more innovative. This is a Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing accredited module. You will be assessed through a group presentation and an individual report on how the entrepreneur can be more innovative.

Academic and Professional Skills (APS)

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. You will be assessed through a portfolio.

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. This is a Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing accredited module. You will be assessed through a business report.

Key HR Practices

This module aims to develop your understanding of key practices concerning human resource management. It outlines the theory and key principles and practices of recruitment, selection, retention of talent, performance management and reward; and reviews the skills that are needed to manage people within various types of work organisations. The workshop learning activities and literature provide a structure through which to locate these key HR practices within both the context of different organisations and the field of contemporary management from a national and international perspective. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed by case study HR portfolio and time constrained exam with question focus provided in advance.

Employee Development

This module aims to develop your understanding of the principles of developing a skilled and talented workforce and benefits. It explores the factors which influence workforce development and reviews the scope of learning and development in organisations. It also considers different approaches and frameworks for measuring the impact of workforce development and management across different organisations from a national and international perspective. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. Assessment is by individual essay and case study report.

Employee Relations

This module will explore unitary and pluralistic frames of reference, the role of the trade union, the history and development of trade unions, the main actors in industrial relations, industrial conflict and the resolution of collective disputes, the nature of industrial conflict. You will discuss different types of dispute, resolving conflict, collective bargaining and negotiation, employee participation, the shift from industrial relations to employee relations and the role of empowerment.

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. This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed by individual presentation and report.

Research Skills for Business

This module introduces you to business and management research to prepare you for your final year management project or equivalent personal study. You will cover the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and explore the philosophical underpinnings and basic elements of research design. You will use computer-based statistical techniques to analyse and present quantitative data using SPSS. You will also work collaboratively on a small scale research project.

Professional Graduate

This practically-led module will support you to develop a critical understanding of the concept of professionalism and how it relates to being a graduate in the workplace. You will plan your own development for graduate recruitment and/or your one-year internship placement. The module emphasises the importance of developing your own employability and encourages continuous reflection on personal and professional development (PDP). This is a Chartered Management Institute accredited module. You will be assessed through two assignments, a mock job/placement interview and PDP report with action plan.

Strategic Human Resource Management

You will consider practical and conceptual frameworks in a series of workshops. These interactive sessions will use learning methods including case studies, directed reading, presentations with feedback, self-reflection, guest speakers, workshop exercises and mini-discussion groups. You will take part in simulations and activities to reflect typical business scenarios as you analyse, problem solve and generate a justified solution to a problem. You will be assessed through an open book assessment, an individual report, a coaching session and an e-portfolio review.

Contemporary Issues in HRM​

This module is an opportunity to select, research and critically assess a range of contemporary HR issues in depth. You could research topics including surveillance, emotional intelligence, aesthetics, discrimination in the workplace, the changing psychological contract, harassment and bullying at work, incivility in the workplace, ‘healthy’ organisations, or the intensification of work. You will use enquiry-based learning methods to explore the nature and implications of these issues and discuss how the HR function can contribute to their effective management.

Business Strategy

This module encourages you to critically consider business strategy. The module is designed for students who may have little or no personal experience of strategic management, and who may not go directly into roles that require strategic management skills. You will design business strategies based on specific tools and models to analyse strategic context. You will consider the effectiveness of corporate vision, the application of strategic tools, models and concepts, processes of strategy, and critical success factors in delivering competitive advantage and customer value. You will be assessed through a case study and an assignment presentation.

Management Project

The module is an opportunity for you to research a specific area that interests you within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. Your project will make a major contribution to your professional and intellectual development. Many students choose to undertake a project for a client organisation and work with the organisation for ten weeks during their final semester. Your findings must be generalisable and capable of broad application.

Work Placement (Short)

Many of our students take this double module as it is an opportunity to gain valuable management experience of working in an organisation for 10-12 weeks during semester two. Typically, you would carry out your Research Dissertation during this placement and focus on the project areas you are working on and a research topic that the organisation will benefit from the most. This module allows you to gain work experience in an area of business and management that you are most interested in working in after graduating and enhance your employability skills. We are not aware of any other university that offers this opportunity, which we know is very attractive to employers. You will be assessed through a learning log submission and an individual presentation.

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, and raise awareness of corporate social responsibility. You will be introduced to the concepts, theories and techniques used to address ethical considerations as you develop your critical analysis and argument skills and critically discuss current business and government policies relating to corporate social responsibility. You will reflect on your own moral values, attitudes and behaviour and be assessed through an interview and a portfolio.

Global Branding

You will develop your understanding of global marketing alongside your problem solving and decision-making skills. You will be able to critically evaluate key issues associated with global marketing within the context of a dynamic cultural environment. You will appraise global marketing opportunities and threats and make decisions relating to an organisation’s ability to successfully enter and compete in international markets. The module uses a practical and analytical marketing perspective. You will be assessed through creating a brochure.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

This module aims to deepen your knowledge of being entrepreneurial by applying an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ to solve a live case study. You will usually work in small groups to develop a proposed ‘innovative’ solution to the problem or opportunity. In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, the ability to be entrepreneurial, particularly in creating innovative and viable ideas. This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of decision making in being more innovative. This is a Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing accredited module. You will be assessed through a group presentation and an individual report on how the entrepreneur can be more innovative.

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 .

Facilities

Access professional study spaces and equipment

Work Placements

Gain practical experience

This BA (Hons) Human Resource Management degree has a strong vocational focus that is enhanced by the work placement programme. Work placements and internships are an optional opportunity to use the skills and knowledge you gain during your studies in 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 enterprise skills so you are ready to thrive in business after you leave university.

Previous students have found placements in all types of business, including:

  • Bourne Leisure (Butlins)
  • Montezumas
  • Huhtamachi
  • West Sussex County Council
  • NHS England
  • NHS Wales
  • Pinks Vintage
  • Target Professional
  • Citizen’s Advice Bureau
  • St Wilfred’s Hospice

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, and a 10-week placement during your final year. Some students will 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.

Industrial 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.

10 Week Work Placement

During your final year you may complete a 10-week work placement at the start of your final semester. This placement is full time, usually unpaid, and will be assessed as a double module for your degree. Your assessment will focus on employability and personal development.

Placements usually begin in mid-January and last until late March each your. 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 ultimately 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.

Student

Business School
"I feel that the work placement was an extremely valuable experience to me and would thoroughly recommend it to any student going into their third year. I think in order to do the placement you do need to be self-motivated, however the benefits are endless. The support from the University was good - it is always good to know people are there, the Placement coordinator has been a great support."

Student

Business School
"If I hadn't done the work placement I wouldn't have had the confidence that I now have. It prepared me for the working world and I would advise anyone who has the opportunity to do one to take the opportunity. I recently accepted an offer for a job with another company but I think that one of the reasons that I got the job was because I was able to talk about my experience on placement."

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

When you graduate you will be ready to enter a range of HR and people management roles across many industries. 

Past graduates have joined organisations in both the private, public and charitable sectors, including:

  • BAE Systems
  • NHS England
  • West Sussex County Council
  • The Goodwood Group
  • East Hampshire County Council
  • Virgin Active
  • Alzheimer’s Society

Further Study

You may decide to continue your studies to postgraduate level. You could choose to progress to a higher level professional HRM qualification with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, or to pursue postgraduate study in a different subject.

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

  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MBA
  • PGCE
  • PhD/MPhil Research

University of Chichester alumni receive a discount on postgraduate fees. 

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

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

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

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
96-112
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BBC-CCC
BTEC/Cambridge Technical
DMM-MMM
GCSEs
C or better
in English language and mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
with at least 15 credits at Merit.
IB
28 points
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

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What are UCAS tariff points?

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How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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