Business and Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

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UCAS Code
NN16
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019
Accredited
Yes

Overview

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. You can also explore employment law and effective people management in the global workplace.

This degree course could lead you onto a varied career, where you’ll be a highly valued team member in HR, recruitment or training. The course is approved and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). You can apply for Associate Membership of the CIPD when you complete the course.

This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This allows you to begin to develop commercial and business understanding to underpin your HR practice. It also gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Unpack the theory and techniques of effective people management
  • Develop an understanding of employment law
  • Get to grips with professional skills, sought after in all areas of business
  • Be taught by a mix of HRM practitioners and academic researchers
  • Take advantage of our Business Simulation Suite, to apply your knowledge and skills to scenarios that mimic what you'll experience on the job
  • Get the chance to learn a foreign language

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job with your degree, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

Placement year

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:

  • Honda
  • Bosch Home Appliances
  • Oracle Corporation
  • IBM

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

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 on this course have gone on to work for big-name organisations like Reed and Kier Construction Group in a variety of roles, such as:

  • 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.

Professional accreditations

We’re an approved centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), so your qualification will be highly respected by employers, giving you the edge when you apply for roles. You'll be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the CIPD when you graduate.

This course also has EPAS accreditation, a scheme operated by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This network promotes excellence in management development, and means you’ll be studying a course recognised for its high-quality student experience.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 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.

Additional costs

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.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units 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 units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

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

Optional units in this year currently include:

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

Core units in this year include:

  • Strategic and Comparative Human Resource Management
  • People Resourcing

Optional units 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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching 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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • practical sessions
  • group discussions

Teaching staff include academics and researchers who contribute to CIPD papers and textbooks used on HR courses.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most 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.

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online activities
  • presentations
  • 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 units 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

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – NN16
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

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 (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.