Aston University is The Guardian's 'University of the Year' 2020. Course description Our-four-year BSc Human Resources and Business Management course, with an integrated placement year, examines the role of the individual in an organisation as well as aspects of organisational structure, culture and change that will prepare you for a successful career in HR. As organisations change, grow, divide, develop and operate internationally it is key that an organisation understands its staff and culture as it is central to their performance and effectiveness. This course considers how people, processes and structures interrelate. It focuses on the crucial part played by individuals and groups in organisational processes, such as decision making, planning and managing new technology. The course enables you to develop an appreciation of the central importance of human resource strategies for organisations. Human Resources and Business Management graduates are in demand from a wide range of organisations that are in need of managers who understand the human side of the business. Our recent graduates have been successful in securing roles at well-known companies such as Great Ormond Street Hospital, Mercer, Aston Martin and BMW in roles such as Medical HR Assistant, Talent Analyst, HR Consultant and Human Resource Management Co-ordinator. Key course benefits
- As part of your degree you’ll undertake a professional placement, gaining valuable practical experience in the field of your chosen subject area
- BSc Human Resources and Business Management is a specialised degree, giving graduates an Associate Fellow Membership at the CIPD on completion
- BSc Human Resources and Business Management achieved 93% Overall Student Satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey
- Five years after graduating, employed Aston Univeristy graduates earn an average of £33,200 (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO), 2020)
- Year 1 - In your first year you will study a range of topics designed to give you a solid foundation and knowledge of management. You’ll consider the economic, financial, human and legal issues managers deal with, and the tools and techniques they use. You’ll be introduced to the key areas of business, as well as gaining a solid HR foundation. Subject areas include Skills for HRM and Introduction to Organisational Behaviour.
- Year 2 - From your second year, you will begin to specialise in human resource management issues, and develop the theoretical knowledge to consider the ways in which people behave and contribute to organisations. Subject areas include Solving HR issues, Psychology and Work and Government and Society.
- Year 3 – This is when you will undertake a professional placement or choose an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. This year is compulsory for all UK students.
- Year 4 – You will explore how organisations relate to their wider context from both a socio-psychological and socio-economic perspective. In particular you will examine how changes in the external environment (social, financial, competitive and legislative) relate to the processes of management. Subject areas include Strategic HRM, Employment Law for HRM and Employee Relations.
In the First Year, you will study a wide range of management related subjects, designed to ensure you have a broad foundation and knowledge of management. You will consider the economic, financial, human and legal issues managers deal with, and the tools and techniques they use. You will be introduced to the key areas of business as well as carrying out project work which will help draw together the subjects you have studied. For further information about the Common First Year please visit the programme webpage. In your Second Year you will concentrate on developing critical, vocational and analytical skills. The Third Year, or Placement Year, allows you to choose to work or undertake a study exchange to further your knowledge of your specialist areas. In your Final Year you will examine how changes in the external environment impact upon management.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. Aston University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. If your qualifications are not listed here and you wish to check whether they meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the university.
The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|