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BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

The BA (Hons) Human Resource Management degree 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.

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS N600

Course Length:

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

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

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging job market. As a Business School student, you’ll have a wide range of opportunities to undertake work-based learning as well as the option to take a full year’s paid professional placement in year three or a shorter 10 week placement in the final year of your studies.

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2019 UK fee: £9,250

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: 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

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

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 employee 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 and key contemporary issues in HRM which interest you, 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

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

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 1:

Management and Organisations​
It is highly likely our careers will involve working within an existing organisation or will lead us to form our own. This module aims to provide you with an introductory level of knowledge and understanding of organisational behaviour through exploring the issues and processes of management. 

Enterprise Awareness
This module aims to provide participants with a practical introduction to thinking critically about the commercial realities underpinning organisations and how structured thinking and analysis can enable the development of an ‘enterprising mindset’ that can support informed, persuasive decision-making. 

Business Information Systems
This module is designed to introduce management students to business information systems and how they are used to support businesses effectively. The course begins with an introduction to information systems and fundamental concepts, ideas and critical components. This is followed by an introduction to the role, application and management of information systems in supporting business processes.

Introductory Law for Managers
This module aims to introduce students to the subject of law relevant to the commercial world. It is not intended to make the students expert in the subject, but to provide them with sufficient understanding of it that as managers they are able to recognise its existence and effects within commercial activities that may require them to seek appropriate professional assistance.

Social Media
Exploring social media from a business and professional prospective is the focus of this module, equipping student with essential knowledge and skills to develop digital campaigns in year two. The module adopts a blended approach with a mix of lecturer driven sessions, student led workshops and online learning, taking in aspects of social media history, development and future trends.

Entrepreneurial Mindset
In today’s competitive working environment, graduates require strong employability skills, good enterprise awareness and the ability to be entrepreneurial.  This module aims to develop these competencies and improve understanding of how different functional areas interconnect when making decisions; and their impact on the business as a whole. This module aims to deepen student’s knowledge by applying an ‘entrepreneurial mind-set’ to solve a real social enterprise case study problem.  Students will normally work in small groups to develop ideas and a proposed solution to the problem.  The module will also enable students to further develop and reflect on their confidence, resilience, autonomy, negotiation/influencing, team-working, problem solving and creativity skills and understand where they can develop further.

  • Marketing Principles & Pracitce
  • APS 1

Year 2:

Professional Graduate 
This module is specifically designed to assist students in developing understanding and skills that will enable them to approach potential summer placements, part-time roles, one year placements and graduate job application opportunities with confidence. The series of ‘hand-on’ workshops and activities help students to explore key areas of personal skills auditing and development, prepare suitably targeted professional documentation, and develop strategies for finding a placement or subsequent graduate level work.

Human Resource Management
This module builds upon the first year Management and Organisations module, and aims to develop students understanding of key issues concerning human resource management (HRM). It outlines the theory and practice of HRM 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 HRM within both the context of organising and the field of contemporary management from a national and international perspective.

Research Skills
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the field of business and management research with the express aim of preparing them for their final year management project, or equivalent personal study.  The module will take the students on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.  The first part of the module will focus on the philosophical underpinnings and basic elements of research design and how they shape and inform the research process.  Within this part of the module, students will be introduced to qualitative methodologies.  The second part of the module will introduce students to the use of computer-based statistical techniques for the analysis and presentation of quantitative data using SPSS.  Whilst students will engage with the philosophical issues of research, emphasis will also be placed on developing a well-constructed research approach, which maximises the benefits of a ‘mixed methods’ approach, capitalising on the advantages of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Employee Relations
This module introduces students to the dynamic field of Employee Relations and the changing nature of the employment relationship. Students will have the opportunity to explore the origins of ER in industrial relations and its evolution into a broad ranging area of HRM activity which includes communication, employee engagement, representation, participation and involvement and the handling of disciplinaries and grievances. Students will have the opportunity to consider the issues faced by organisations, groups and individuals in different contexts through an examination of theory, frameworks and examples of good HR practice.

Employee Development
This module is about how an organisation changes and develops itself in order to achieve its goals through learning and development. Students will have the opportunity to explore the key principles that contribute towards effective learning and development and the latest thinking about the design of learning interventions. They will develop a deeper understanding of the challenges of learning and development in 21st century organisations with consideration of both theory and practice. There is also an opportunity for students to gain greater insight into their own perspectives on learning and development which will prepare them for opportunities later in their careers.

Research Skills
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the field of business and management research with the express aim of preparing them for their final year management project, or equivalent personal study.  The module will take the students on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.  The first part of the module will focus on the philosophical underpinnings and basic elements of research design and how they shape and inform the research process.  Within this part of the module, students will be introduced to qualitative methodologies.  The second part of the module will introduce students to the use of computer-based statistical techniques for the analysis and presentation of quantitative data using SPSS.  Whilst students will engage with the philosophical issues of research, emphasis will also be placed on developing a well-constructed research approach, which maximises the benefits of a ‘mixed methods’ approach, capitalising on the advantages of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

  • Leadership

Year 3:

Management Project
The module has a crucial role within the programme of study in that it provides the opportunity for students to research an area of particular interest within an appropriate business, public sector or third sector context. The module is designed to make a major contribution to the professional and intellectual development of students. Many students will choose to undertake a project for a client organisation and will be working within that organisation for a ten week period over the course of their final semester.

Business Strategy
The module encourages learners to think critically about business strategy. It is designed for students that may have little or no personal experience of strategic management, whom may not go directly into roles that require strategic management skills. The Business Strategy module aims to deliver strategic management for non-strategic managers. Learning and teaching take a student-centric orientation, to pull together core themes from business and management disciplines covered in previous modules. Learners will design business strategies, based upon tools and models, to analyse the strategic context. Consideration is given to the effectiveness of corporate vision, the application of strategic tools, models and concepts (such as value chains and approaches to segmentation), the processes of strategy, and critical success factors in the delivery of competitive advantage and customer value.

Strategic Human Resource Management
This module builds upon the second year module, Human Resource Management.  The module starts from a “macro” perspective where particular strategic business and the associated HRM issues are identified.  The focus is then on the operational consequences that follow from these strategic issues and goals.  Towards the latter part of the module the focus is on the micro issues of strategic HRM.  The module focuses on the integrative nature of Strategic Human Resource Management and how it can be put into operation with a range of management tools and techniques.  The importance of the subject area is maintained through the identification of current HRM issues and themes, and the practical application and consequences of such developments. In addition the spotlight is placed on the role of the HR specialist and the skills and abilities required for such a role.

Contemporary Issues in HRM​
This module provides students with the opportunity to select, explore and critically assess a range of the very latest HRM issues in the workplace which interest them in greater depth. Enquiry-based learning methods are used to investigate the nature and implications of these issues and particular focus will be on how the HR function can contribute to the effective management of them. During the module students will further develop their independent research, analysis and study skills in addition to their expertise in HRM. Examples of recent topics explored include Talent Management, the diversity landscape, ‘healthy’ organisations and employee well-being, the implications of the ‘gig’ economy and the impact of neuro and behavioural science on HRM practices

10 Week Work Placement
This is a double weighted module aims to provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience of working in an organisation for 10 weeks in Semester 2 of their final year. Students will typically be conducting their Management/Consultancy Project in parallel with this module whilst on work placement. The primary aim of the module is to enable students, within the context of their working environment, to focus on areas of personal development with a view to enhancing their employability skills

  • OR Two from the following;
    • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
    • Contemporary Issues in Global Business
    • Small Business Enterprise

 

International English Studies

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International English Studies

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.

Additional Costs

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