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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.
This course will help meet this need and equip you with the skills to become a confident and successful HR manager.
With smaller, more intimate class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and support. You will also benefit from practical learning, guest lecturers and live briefs from companies and ongoing links with industry. By blending both academic study and skills development, this degree aims to enhance the employability of you upon graduation.
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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 BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management programme has been designed for students who are primarily interested in the Human Resources 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.
We focus on equipping you with the knowledge of contemporary management theories, but of equal importance, the opportunity to apply and integrate that knowledge in live projects.
We use live project examples wherever possible so that you can apply your learning and see how it all fits within the business world. Guest lecturers will be used throughout the programme to also demonstrate the relevance of the teaching in a business context.
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. We’ve had students consulting major companies as well as helping start-ups to get their businesses on the move.
Some of the large companies we have worked with include Dreams, Softcat, Enterprise-rent-a-car, Sacla’, Dow Chemicals and the NHS. We have also worked with local businesses such as Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and KVA Digital.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
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.
The course focuses on the ability to think critically and will enable you to develop and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems. You will gain opportunities to develop key skills, such as empathy, problem solving and creatively, which will also help ensure you are well placed to enter the employment market.
In year one, you will learn about the fundamentals that provide a sound basis for your study of HR. You will 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 will 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. This will help enhance your professional knowledge and expertise.
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 will be expected to integrate, apply and evaluate the knowledge they have gained through independent study on your dissertation or a consultancy project. The dissertation or a consultancy project will be a key focus this year and will allow you to specialise on your area of interest. This will prove invaluable when you graduate, allowing you to showcase your particular area of expertise at job interviews.
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.
A key feature of the programme is to blend both academic study and skills development in order to enhance the employability of our graduates.
You’ll experience a range of unique scenarios throughout your studies at BNU Business School to apply the theory you learn in practice.
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.
To make sure you have the latest knowledge, our academic staff keep themselves up to date. Most come from industry, and our links can give you practical experience of business life. Many of our staff are guest lecturers, conference speakers and content contributors so you’ll be learning from real leaders in their fields.
We also welcome a wealth of guest speakers; top professionals from across industry come to Buckinghamshire New University to help you understand how your degree applies to working in business, and how you can learn from their experiences.
Throughout your studies you’ll hear stories from people working in businesses of all sizes. This gives you the chance to learn about various job functions and different corporate cultures, and ultimately, your regular exposure to industry helps make you employable from the moment you graduate.
We will introduce key business speakers and live briefs as assessments throughout the course.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry 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. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to email@example.com
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
Inquiry and Research Skills
Introduction to Business Studies
Year 2 Modules
Global Business environment
Introduction to People Management
Principles of Marketing
Financial Decision Making
Data Insights for Business Decisions
Year 3 Modules
Resourcing and Talent Planning
Managing and Engaging people
Consulting in practice
Digital Business and New Technologies
Year 4 Modules
Developing leadership and management skills
Managing & Developing Innovation & Creativity
Change Management and organisation Development
Consultancy Project (optional)
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
On successful completion of this degree, you will be able to pursue a range of opportunities and careers in HR and general management, or to develop your own businesses.
Did you know?
We are one of the top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.