Business and Human Resource Management BA (Hons)
BA Hons Business and Human Resource Management
If you get a buzz out of helping people reach their potential and want to start a career in HR, this BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management (HRM) degree course will satisfy your ambition.
You'll learn the skills you'll need to take on roles that attract and retain the right people, in the right place, at the right time.
In your first year, you'll build business and commercial understanding, underpinning your HR practice. You'll focus on HRM topics in years 2 and 3, with the option to explore specialist areas such as inclusion and diversity, employment law, performance management, and HRM in the global workplace.
Between years 2 and 3, you can enhance your career prospects further by completing a year-long industry placement or studying abroad.
Studying this degree could lead you onto a varied career, where you’ll be a highly valued team member in HR, recruitment or training. You can apply for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) when you complete the course.
This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses, which, gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.
90% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)
95% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2020)
BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management degree entry requirements
- A levels – ABB – BBC
- UCAS points – 112–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
- International Baccalaureate – 29–30
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn the theory and techniques of effective people management
- Practise your skills by setting up recruitment campaigns and getting involved in simulated interviews, selection panels and employment tribunals
- Apply your learning to case studies and scenarios similar to what you'll encounter in your career
- Develop an understanding of employment law and other specialist topics that match your interests and career goals
- Get to grips with professional skills sought after in all areas of business, including critical thinking, presentation, research and teamworking skills
- Be taught by a mix of HRM practitioners and academic researchers
You can also:
- Apply your knowledge in the workplace on a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course
- Study abroad through our links with overseas universities, immersing yourself in a different culture
- Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's IWLP programme
Careers and opportunities
Many organisations have a human resources team responsible for attracting and recruiting the right people and managing and developing them throughout their time in the workplace.
Armed with a Business and HRM degree and CIPD Associate Member status, you'll be sought after by organisations that want skilled and knowledgable staff on their human resources team, or working in similar areas like Human Resource Development (HRD).
Graduates of this course have gone on to work for organisations such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Close Brothers Asset Management and the Civil Service in a variety of HRM roles, including:
- HR assistant recruitment coordinator
- HR officer
- HR trainee manager
- Training officer
- Recruitment consultant
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry when you finish the course. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.
Work experience and career planning
To help you secure a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course to develop your skills and build links in the industry.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and develop your abilities.
Entrepreneurs in Residence
If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.
I chose this course as it gave me the chance to work with people within organisations and learn how I can play a part in their development.
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Modules currently being studied
Core modules in this year include:
- 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
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Human Resources for the Professional
- Human Resource Development
- Employability, Research and Professional Development
- Leadership, ethics, governance and sustainability
- People resourcing and talent management
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Business Analysis and Decision Making
- Developing Individual and Team Creativity
- Organisation Design, Theory and Analysis
- A foreign language
- Business and Employment Law
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Students have completed work placements at companies such as:
- Bosch Home Appliances
- Oracle Corporation
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Strategic and Comparative Human Resource Management
Optional modules in this year currently 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
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Study year abroad
Between your second and third year you can study abroad at one of our partner universities. This allows you to experience a different culture, enhance your CV so you stand out in the job market, grow your confidence, and open up personal and professional opportunities.
We have partnerships with Universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Classes are delivered in English.
You'll get support from the faculty's Global Support Office and UoP Global with identifying and applying to suitable destinations, and ongoing contact and support during your year abroad.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- Practical sessions
- Group discussions
Teaching staff include academics and researchers who contribute to CIPD papers and textbooks used on HR courses.
Teaching Staff Profiles
Kerry Collier, Senior Teaching Fellow/ Course Leader
Kerry joined the University after more than 20 years working across the private, public and third sectors as a HR Practitioner. During that time, she gained invaluable experience at both operational and strategic levels, in challenging environments, such as occupational psychology, agriculture, management consultancy and manufacturing.
Dr Peter Scott, Senior Lecturer
Peter is an employment relations specialist, and also teaches and researches in the fields of organisational behaviour and human resource management. He's previously worked as a trade union representative and has a particular interest in technology and organisations. He also contributes to a leading student textbook on organisational behaviour.
Mrs Cherry Hood, Senior Lecturer
Cherry served as an officer in the Royal Navy for 13 years, mostly in HR roles, and after leaving the Navy, she worked in HR roles in manufacturing companies. She’s a generalist HR professional with a particular interest in learning and development.
Dr Cheryl Brook, Senior Lecturer
Cheryl’s main area of interest is work-based learning, action learning and management development. She has worked in the NHS, the third sector and in consultancy before joining the University.
In the NHS, Cheryl was Head of the Training & Development Department of a large teaching Trust in the North-West, and she has published in a range of academic journals -- including the European Journal of Training and Development, HRDI and Action Learning: Research and Practice.
Dr Matthew Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics
Matthew teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of organisational behaviour, human resource management and business ethics. Matthew’s research interests focus on the intersection between civil society and business. His main research outputs, to date, have been an investigation into the role of the Fair Trade movement and an exploration of the key drivers behind the mainstreaming of an alternative business model.
Professor Sam Warren, Professor
Sam Warren is a specialist in innovative work contexts and non-traditional management studies. Her current research project on 'grass roots creative labour' explores the careers of underground techno DJs. She is a leading authority on relationships between 'the visual' and organisational life.
Dr Steve Williams, Reader
Steve is a specialist in employment relations. He's an active researcher, has published numerous articles in a range of prominent journals, and is the author of the leading textbook in employment relations - Introducing Employment Relations: a Critical Introduction. A fifth edition of the book is due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- Individual and group coursework
- Online activities
- Your choice of independent research
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 15% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 68% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 27% by written exams and 73% by coursework
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.
A typical week
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your degree. In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities for about 14 hours a week. The rest of the time you'll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.
Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – September to December
- Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
Extra learning support
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
You’ll have regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor. They’re also available by appointment if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.
Student engagement officers
In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have support from student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.
Study support tutors
You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course – face-to-face, by phone and email, and by video call.
They can help with:
- Academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
- Reflective writing skills
- Critical thinking skills
- Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- Understanding and using assignment feedback
- Managing your time and workload
- Revision and exam techniques
If you're a mature student returning to study, specialist support is available.
Academic skills support
As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from librarians who specialise in business and law.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Maths and stats support
The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International (non-EU) students – £15,500 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
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.
How to apply
To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – NN16
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.