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BA (Hons) Business Studies and Human Resource Management

Our approach to Human Resource Management is designed to provide a supportive setting in which you can develop holistic skills that will enable you to flourish in a changing business environment.

The focus on Human Resource Management combines with Business Studies to allow you to explore a range of business and management themes.  This programme is about enabling you to acquire the skills and experience necessary to flourish in a challenging business environment.

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS NN16

Course Length:

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBC – CCC

A level / BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical combination (including AS / EPQ): 96 to 112 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical: DDM - MMM

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

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Postgraduate Pathway

The Business School has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

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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.

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Student view

Elisabeth Flegg
Employment and Skills Consultant
Each year West Sussex offers undergraduate work placements in a variety of services. We find them a really valuable resource and the research they undertake is most helpful to our business. Two students who were previously on a HR placement commence employment with us following the completion of their degrees and both continue to work in the County Council so, not only are the placements valuable but they also provide us with a talent pipeline to recruit from.

Course content

Our approach to Human Resource Management is designed to provide a supportive setting in which you can develop holistic skills that will enable you to flourish in a changing business environment. Our Business programme is about enabling you to acquire the skills and experience necessary to flourish in a challenging business environment.

Our methods are different to many other universities as the majority of learning takes place in group workshops, in an interactive, participative environment.

Modules are designed to be active and experiential so that the skills and knowledge you develop can be implemented in realistic settings. By its nature, Business Studies is a multi-disciplinary programme that will explore a range of areas. Throughout the degree you will follow subject themes in marketing, people management, finance, and information systems.

Our facilities

Like all business related degree students, you will be studying on our Bognor Regis campus. Your classroom time will be spent in up to date seminar rooms with touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi, housed in what was a terrace of three elegant Georgian mansions – a building now known as ‘The Dome’. Our current students love the learning environment, the 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 – brilliant for creativity and inspiration.

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

Where this can take you

The programme is designed to develop proactive graduates who will be equipped to gain appropriate and rewarding employment and make an immediate and on-going contribution within the workplace. As such they will be proficient in a team environment, have acquired skills that will enable them to reflect upon a problem or situation and identify appropriate strategies, and have the confidence and capability to allow them to develop as life-long learners.

Graduates from the Business School have taken up exiting roles 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

Work placements

Our Business and Management degrees have a strong vocational focus and are enhanced by our optional work placement programmes.  Work placements and internships give students the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during their time on campus in a real-world setting and allows them to develop their employability skills.

What our students think...

"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."

"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."

Professional Placement – 1 Year Internship

All students are able to take a 'Professional Placement' during their third year which is a one year paid internship. Great significance is placed on providing a learning experience that assists with the students understanding of business practice and the context in which it takes place.  The University is committed to working closely with business and the community, offering support, opportunities and facilities to both organisations and individuals in the local community, business and public services.

10 Week Work Placement

The majority of our business and management programmes offer our students the opportunity to undertake a 10-week full-time work placement as they begin the final semester of their degree. Placements begin mid-January each year and run until the end of March.  Whilst on placement the students focus on a management project which is normally concerned with investigating management issues within the organisation.  Many placement students are offered full time jobs even before their results are published and they believe that the placement was “Extremely beneficial to finding employment opportunities straight after completion of the course”.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office which works with students and businesses to help them find their perfect match whilst ensuring that all placements are of the appropriate level and suitability for the students degree routes.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement office has built up many contacts and advertises opportunities from organisations many who come back to us each year looking for new students. 

While a large proportion of students secure placements in London and the South East we have students who have travelled overseas for their placements for example, Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.

Types of Placement

Students find placements in all areas of business, some recent examples:

  • Accounting and Finance - Rolls Royce Motorcars, Cap Gemini
  • Business Studies – Nissan Motorcars, Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Business Studies & Marketing – Rolls Royce Motorcars, Bentley Motorcars, The Dreyfuss Group
  • Events Management – Shangri-la Hotel the Shard, Rugby Players Association
  • Human Resource Management – Condair, Hays Recruitment
  • Marketing – Brandwatch, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota Motorcars, TUI
  • IT Management for Business – Cap Gemini, Debenhams, Accenture, Eaton

For further details please contact the Business School Placement Office.

 

Indicative modules

Year one module information:    

  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Understanding Business Models
  • Management and Organisations
  • Introductory Law for Managers
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Accounting Skills
  • Business Information Systems

Year two module information:    

  • Leadership or Employee Development
  • Professional Graduate
  • Research Skills
  • A Critical Introduction to Microeconomics or Finance for Managers
  • Operations Management
  • Human Resource Management

Year three module information: 

  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate Finance or Marketing Communications
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  •  Management Project    
  • 10-Week Work Placement

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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