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Business and Human Resource Management with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent

UCAS Tariff

64

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies For example: CC at A Level MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2022

Subjects

Human resource management

Business studies

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.
Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary**
- Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

- Learn and understand the strategic role HR plays in organisations.

- Develop a sound knowledge of business and management functions.

- Increase your employability by gaining exceptional transferable HR and management skills.

Study how organisations can succeed through the effective management of people on this career-focused course. You learn a broad range of core business skills and gain specialist knowledge of human resource management and the HR profession.

**How you learn**
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other Sheffield Business School foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

Our diverse teaching team consists of award winning lecturers and research-driven academics that have a range of real-world HR, management and research experience which they use to ensure this course is practice driven.

You learn through:

- lectures and seminars

- work placements

- self-directed study

- Simulations

In the foundation year, you'll study wider business topics, while specialising in your chosen subject area. You'll learn useful skills such as academic writing, work in diverse teams and learn to utilise a wide variety of data sources. In doing so, you'll fully prepare yourself for undergraduate study.

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Our current students have gained placements in fantastic global and local organisations such as VW, Aston Martin, Land Rover Jaguar, Bosch, Ronseal, Stanley Tools, Black and Decker, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Mercedes Benz, Telefonica, BT, GSK, Johnson and Johnson and PWC.

You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

**Networking opportunities**

We run a student society called the HR Network which is run by students, for students. Each year there will be a variety of HR social and networking events for students, alumni and industry professionals from companies such as Channel 4, Disney and Cruz Campo.

You will meet lecturers who are industry, commerce and skilled HR professionals, enabling you to gain access to a wide range of HR practitioners and specialist development, HR research and consultancy skills. We have a good relationship with the local and national branch of CIPD and we frequently host guest speakers.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Contemporary Issues 20
Introduction To Business 20
Organisation Management And Delivery 1 20
Organisation Management And Delivery 2 20
Self And Stakeholder Management 20
The Practice Of Business 20

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Customers And Markets 20
Data Analysis For Business Decisions 20
Hr: The Profession 20
Understanding Enterprise And Creativity 20
Understanding People 20
Elective modules
Foreign Language 20
Global Business Environment 20

Year 3
Compulsory modules
Finance For Business Performance 20
Hr: Developing Capabilities 20
Managing The Hr Function 20
Resourcing And Talent Management 20
Strategic Planning (Shaping The Future) 20
Elective modules
Applied Financial Management 20
Business Law 20
Essential It Skills For Business 20
Foreign Language 20
Leading And Managing Teams 20
Managing International Business 20
Planning Your Own Business 20
Service And Retail Marketing 20

Year 4
Optional modules
Placement Year -
Final year
Compulsory modules
Contemporary Developments In Employee Relations And Employment Law 20
Developing People And Organisations 20
Hr: The Reflective Practitioner 20
Implementing Strategy And Change 20
Research And Hr 20
Elective modules
Business In The European Economy 20
Business Operations And Project Management 20
Consultancy Skills For Organisational Change 20
Contemporary Issues In International Business 20
Contemporary Issues In Marketing 20
Customer Psychology 20
Financial Fluency For Decision Making 20
Financial Performance Management 20
Foreign Language 20
Managing For Success 20
Managing The Digital Enterprise 20
Sustainable And Responsible Business In The C21 - Contemporary Challenges 20

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exams

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
£14,415
per year
International
£14,415
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

College of Business Technology and Engineering

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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
80%
med
Business studies

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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

58%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
67%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
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?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Business studies

Teaching and learning

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

71%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
68%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
C

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.

Human resource 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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
44%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Public services and other associate professionals
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
38%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Public services and other associate 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.

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

£28k

£28k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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