Business and Human Resource Management (HRM) at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW Underpinned by contemporary academic theory, the BA Business & Human Resource Management will equip you with the practical skills and critical thinking required to make a positive impact in this professional area or to continue on to postgraduate study. The course is designed to support and develop current and future professionals in human resource and people management. This degree covers a variety of key human resource management topics, including: // Talent management // Critical employment relations // Managing performance and reward // Human resource strategy // Human resource management research design // Equality and diversity // International human resource management With the BA Business & Human Resource Management, you will gain a mix of specialist and transferable skills essential for a career in business and HRM. This degree is part of a suite of degree pathways which centre around our BA (Hons) Business. Each pathway offers its own distinct core modules which differentiate them from each other. Other degree pathways are: BA (Hons) Business (UCAS: N100) BA (Hons) Business & Finance (UCAS: N1N3) BA (Hons) Business & HRM (UCAS: N1N6) BA (Hons) Business & Marketing (UCAS: N1N5) ADVANCED ENTRY OPTIONS Direct entry to Year 2 (with an appropriate HNC) and Year 3 (with an appropriate HND) may be possible. PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION On successful completion of the Honours degree, you’ll obtain a Level 5 (Intermediate) qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs Upon completion of the programme, our graduates are equipped with the professional knowledge, skills and understanding to pursue careers within human resources. The business modules arm our graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to explore careers in general organisation management. Recent Business & Human resource management graduates are employed across the public, private and third sector in industries such as recruitment, NHS, BP, IKEA and local authority. Further Study Some graduates choose further study, leading to a Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Research (MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).


Year 1: Foundation of Business, Human Resource & People Management - lay the foundation for your studies in Business and HRM by providing an overarching outline of key business- and HRM-related concepts. These include a fundamental understanding of people management, marketing, accounting and finance. Year 2 focuses on devlopment of generalist knowledge and skills in Human Resource & People Management - you will focus on the role HRM plays in organisations and its contribution to organisational success. This also includes areas such as organisational behaviour, employee health and well-being and talent management. Year 3 will focus on developing professionalism in Human Resource & People Management - you will develop a strong emphasis on the understanding and alignment of skills, knowledge and behaviours to the CIPD CPD Profession Map, as well as helping students to develop key research skills, preparing them for their Honours Project in fourth year. In addition, third year outlines contemporary issues in HRM, such as technology and sustainability, employee performance and reward, and the employment relationship. Year 4 will focus of developing specialism in Human Resource & People Management - will explore a variety of more specialist areas within human resource & people management, including HR Strategy & Change, HR Policy & Practice, international HRM and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. This is further nurtured by the completion of the Honours Project, where students will conduct their own research project, exploring a contemporary issue in human resource & people management in great depth.

Assessment method

The BA Business & HRM incorporates a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods in order to enable the learning outcomes to be achieved. Individual modules use different mixes of teaching, learning and assessment methods as appropriate to the learning outcomes of that module. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and practical workshops.  There will also be group work and independent learning to ensure you develop transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication, and working as part of a team.  Our degree is mainly assessed using a variety of assessment methods including: // Written examinations // Multiple-choice tests // Coursework // Practical assessment // Reflective case study reports // Role-play assessments // Poster presentations

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Year 2 Entry: Scottish Advanced Highers: BCC A Levels: BBB International Baccalaureate: 28 points BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM in relevant subject HNC (with relevant HRM modules): Human Resource Management; Business; Management & Leadership Year 3 Entry: HND (with relevant HRM modules): Human Resource Management; Business; Management & Leadership

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Year 1 entry with SWAP (BBB) in Access to Humanities.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £16000* Year 1
International £16000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.

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Business and Human Resource Management (HRM) at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS