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Business and Human Resource Management University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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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.

Accredited by:
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Programme Accreditation System (EPAS).

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

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).

What jobs can you do with a Business and Human Resource Management degree?
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.

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.

Course details

Modules

Year 1

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.

Year 2

Core modules 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 modules 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

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Strategic and Comparative Human Resource Management
  • People Resourcing

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.

Assessment method

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 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

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • European Foundation for Management Development
  • Personnel and Development, Chartered Institute of

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

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

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 120 points 112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.
A level 112-120 Tariff points from 3 A levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM - DDM
Access to HE Diploma 112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 54-60.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points 29 points from the IB Diploma, with 655/754 at Higher Level - 29 points from the IB Diploma, with 664 at Higher Level.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 - H3, H3, H3, H3, H4
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 112-120 Tariff points.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**

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