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University of Portsmouth

Business and Human Resource Management

UCAS Code: NN16

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


112-128 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

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

29-30

29 points from the IB Diploma, with 655/754 at Higher Level - 30 points from the IB Diploma. 665 at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

112-128 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

About this course


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

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Human resource management

**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.

In your first year, you'll build business and commercial understanding, underpinning your HR practice. You'll focus on HRM topics in years 2 and 3, with the option to explore specialist areas such as inclusion and diversity, employment law, performance management, and HRM in the global workplace.

Between years 2 and 3, you can enhance your career prospects further by completing a year-long industry placement or studying abroad.

Studying this degree could lead you onto a varied career, where you’ll be a highly valued team member in HR, recruitment or training. You can apply for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) when you complete the course.

This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses, which, 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:
- Learn the theory and techniques of effective people management

- Practise your skills by setting up recruitment campaigns and getting involved in simulated interviews, selection panels and employment tribunals

- Apply your learning to case studies and scenarios similar to what you'll encounter in your career

- Develop an understanding of employment law and other specialist topics that match your interests and career goals

- Get to grips with professional skills sought after in all areas of business, including critical thinking, presentation, research and teamworking skills

- Be taught by a mix of HRM practitioners and academic researchers

You can also:

- Apply your knowledge in the workplace on a year-long work placement, boosting your employability prospects after the course

- Study abroad through our links with overseas universities, immersing yourself in a different culture

- Learn a language while you earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's IWLP programme

**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).

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for organisations such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Close Brothers Asset Management and the Civil Service in a variety of HRM roles, including:

- 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.

**Work experience and career planning**
To help you secure a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course to develop your skills and build links in the industry.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and develop your abilities.

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 methods

We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit differing learning styles. We assess your work through individual and group coursework, examinations, online activities, presentations and your choice of independent research.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
International
£15,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Business and Law

TEF rating:
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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.

80%
med
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

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

86%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
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.

£22,500
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

66%
Public services and other associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Business, research and administrative 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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Business & administrative studies

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

£28k

£28k

£30k

£30k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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