BA (Hons)

Business and Human Resource Management

Effective professional training in this popular management discipline

NN16UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

The HR Profession are known as business partners who get the best from people in order for the organisation to succeed, increasing productivity to generate revenue. The role involves attracting and retaining the right people, assisting in the development of employees along with the somewhat complex nature of employee welfare and employment law.

This course offers a structured pathway to help you achieve this and ensure that you are an attractive proposition to employers whilst you are studying and on graduating. (Many of our students gather HR work experience whilst they are with us in part –time positions and or a placement year.) In the initial year you will gain a good foundation of business including studying the theories and techniques of managing people in the workplace. You will then progress to studying HRM to greater depth in a blend of theoretical and practical learning.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Do a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role
  • In the first year have a good grounding in business in order to specialise in HR or have the option to transfer on to one of the other business courses
  • Opt to study a foreign language and add to your business repertoire, options include French, German, Italian, Spanish or Mandarin
  • Strong support from the course team due to the smaller numbers compared to the other business courses

What opportunities might it lead to?

The University of Portsmouth is an Approved Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Within your degree study, you will have the opportunity on both our BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management and our BA (Hons) Human Resource Management with Psychology programmes to gain approval qualifications at certificate level. This will contribute to your employability on graduating as HR employers seek potential candidates with CIPD qualifications bringing you further opportunities for success in your career.

HR offers an exciting and varied career path. It is a really flexible discipline especially as every business is different and the way their HR function operates is different. Roles in HR range from more generalist positions that touch on a lot of different activities to specialist areas such as diversity, talent management and reward often found in large companies. There is also a strong chance of progression especially with the CIPD qualification.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • HR Assistant Recruitment Co-ordinator
  • HR Officer
  • HR Trainee Manager
  • Training Officer
  • Recruitment Consultant

Studying a specialist area enabled me to focus more on the theories and principles of an area I knew I wanted to work in. The content of the course and quality of teaching has enabled me to obtain one of the best HR graduate roles on the market!

David Netley, HRM student

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications


UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
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Business and Management

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Insight into different aspects of the business world
  • Lecturers who are experienced in their field and are passionate about sharing their knowledge
  • Excellent work placement opportunities and careers support

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Year one

This common first year, which is offered among some of our business courses, provides you with a broad understanding of how business operates.

You will specifically focus on the following areas:

  • Business Accounting
  • Business Innovation Development Project
  • Business Operations and Systems Management
  • Economics for Business
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Marketing Principles and Practice
  • Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis

Portsmouth Business School is a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Accredited Study Centre. In your first year you will have the opportunity to gain the CIM's Introductory Certificate in Marketing alongside the Marketing Principles and Practice unit.

Year two

Build on your understanding of business from a Human Resource perspective. You can tailor your approach to your degree through our range of options. 

Core units in this year include:

  • Human Resources for the Practitioner
  • Human Resource Development
  • Contemporary Employment Relations
  • Business and Employment Law
  • Employability, Research and Professional Development

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Leadership, Governance and Ethics
  • Business Analysis and Decision Making
  • Responsible Business Management and Sustainability
  • Developing Individual and Team Creativity
  • Organisation Design, Theory and Analysis
  • A foreign language

Year three*

Specialise further in a range of business disciplines and the aspects of HR that particularly interest you. You will also have a choice for your final year project from either a dissertation, work-based learning project or a business research project.

Core units in this year include:

  • Strategic and Comparative Human Resource Management
  • People Resourcing

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Cross Cultural Awareness for Business
  • Discrimination and Conflict in Employment Law
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Improvement and Creativity
  • Managing Equality and Diversity at work
  • A foreign language

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

Teaching and Assessment

Our teaching approach involves a varied structure of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. We aim to provide a stimulating environment that encourages use of IT teaching methods as well as participation in group discussions and projects, alongside individual study.

How are you assessed?

We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online activities
  • presentations
  • your choice of independent research

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Placements Office

Take advantage of our Placements Office. Providing you with a huge portfolio of employers offering great business-related placement opportunities, the experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

ASK will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to enhance your academic performance and make a smooth transition into university study.


We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

This degree has a career-specific HRM focus. However, as people form the essential part of any business, small or large, this course also allows you to consider a wide variety of opportunities, from setting up your own business through to working as part of a major business team.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • benefits analyst
  • human resource officer
  • human resource systems manager
  • personnel adviser
  • recruitment consultant
  • training and development coordinator

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

Boost your degree with the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role which offers progression and a suitable level of responsibility. You will benefit from the contemporary business experience that employers demand, making you highly employable upon graduation.

With employers now looking for key business competencies and experience alongside a good degree, work experience is more vital than ever. A placement year is the best and most involving type of work experience you can do during your time at university. As such, a placement will help ensure you are as employable as possible upon graduation.

Career planning

Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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