Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Business and Finance with Foundation Year

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Course summary

To ensure future success, companies are constantly on the lookout for skilled and qualified HR advisers and managers. Employers want graduates who are not just academically qualified but are also work-ready with professional skills in management and leadership. Why study this subject? Human Resource Management is all about ensuring that people are managed and treated fairly. By recruiting, retaining, and developing the talent in a business, you can keep ahead of the competition. For the new generation of managers, change is the only consistency. A degree in Business and Human Resource Management equips you with not only the knowledge and understanding of contemporary best practice in strategic HR management, but develop the personal skills required to prepare you for your first roles in management. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? Our programme has been designed for students who are primarily interested in the HR function in an organisation, but who would also like to learn about other business aspects and functions. The programme considers the wide range of skills now required in the HR profession. It allows you to engage in studying the highly practical skills specific to human resources, but also other skills specific to other business functions such as marketing and finance. Our students are often asked to develop solutions for a wide-range of businesses. This allows you to gain real-world, hands-on experience while businesses benefit from having dedicated consultants to carry out research and offer advice tailored to their needs. What will I study? Our degree will help you gain an understanding of contemporary HR theory and practice, but also recognise the key issues which impact on organisations. This will allow you to build up a full picture of the business needs which will prove invaluable when you graduate. In year one, you'll learn about the fundamentals that provide a sound basis for your study of HR. You'll learn about the business and management context of human resources, including marketing, business environment and finance. Core modules include finance, marketing, contemporary business environments, HR, leadership and management skills. In year two, you'll focus more on HR specific modules, specifically resourcing, employee engagement and international HRM. You will gain a more strategic understanding of business issues, and in particular work with live clients to support them in implementing changes to their business. In the final year, there is an ongoing emphasis on leadership skills, particularly within a changing business environment, and a key emphasis on HR Strategy. Change management and organisation development are also included at this level, which are key strategic issues facing HR within all organisations. You'll be expected to integrate, apply and evaluate the knowledge they have gained through independent study on your dissertation or a consultancy project. How will I be taught and assessed? This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. We work with industry professionals to make sure our courses give you the skills that employers want, preparing you for a successful future. With small classes, you’ll get the chance to interact with peers and lecturers to develop your skills. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate on projects and live briefs with students from other business management degree programmes, gaining the practical and transferable skills you need for your career. We also welcome a wealth of guest speakers; top professionals from across industry come to BNU to help you understand how your degree applies to working in business, and how you can learn from their experiences.

Course details

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2021.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £12500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Business and Finance with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS