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Business and Human Resource Management

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

80-104

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 80 - 104. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis. For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Human resource management

Business studies

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. The dissertation or a consultancy project will be a key focus this year and will allow you to specialise on your area of interest.

**How will I be taught and assessed?**
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.

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.

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.

Modules

Year One: Business Environment, Financial Decision Making, People and Organisations, Marketing, The Graduate Challenge, Career Viewpoint. Year Two: Enterprise Projects, Operations & Project Management, Small Business, Cross-Cultural Management, Business Analytics, Economic Analysis, Business to Business and Services Marketing, Future of Work, Selling & Sales Management, International Human Resource Management. Year Three: Dissertation, Consultancy Project, Enterprise and New Business, Strategic Decision Making, International Strategy & Organisations, Managing Innovation in Business, Business Information Systems, Strategic Human Resource Management.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Buckinghamshire New University

Department:

School of Business, Law and Computing

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

92%
high
Human resource management

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Human resource management

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

95%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
57%
2:1 or above
28%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
E
C

Business studies

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
59%
2:1 or above
24%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
D
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business and management

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
57%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Transport associate professionals
6%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

This subject is much more common at postgraduate level, and so be aware that many of the good jobs in HR and personnel management go to graduates with Masters or other postgraduate qualifications in this subject. Work experience for first degree graduates can help to get around the lack of postgraduate qualifications, but if you want to go into management you might find that Masters to be an advantage. Although human resource roles are much the most common outcome for graduates from these courses, they take those jobs in an impressive array of industries so there are plenty of options for the kind of employer you can work for. If you would like to know about graduate prospects for your chosen course more specifically, head to an open day to talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.

Business studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
58%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Sports and fitness occupations
18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
7%
Business, research and administrative professionals

The number of business studies graduates fell significantly last year after a long period of increase. But there were still more than 14,000 degrees awarded and this is the third most popular subject for new graduates. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. Around 40% go into jobs in finance, sales, recruitment, management (particularly retail) or marketing. There is also a small (but well paid) group who take their technical skills into computing and IT. Thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are above the average for all subjects and particularly healthy in London where they top £25k. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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