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Business and Human Resource Management

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

120-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

122-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 56-60.

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. 664 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,H3-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM

120-128 Tariff points.

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

120-128

120-128 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 | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Human resource management

**Overview**

People are a vital business asset and getting the human side of a business right leads to competitive advantage. Human resource management is the strategic approach to the employment, development, training, retention and wellbeing of people.

As a human resource manager you'll be vital to your company. You'll formulate policies that address key modern workplace issues such as flexible working, remote working and equality and diversity. You'll be leading on strategy to recruit and retain the right workforce.

With this degree you'll get a head start on employability as you you'll be able to apply for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) when you graduate, something that's often only available after postgraduate study.

**Course highlights**

- Develop a holistic understanding of how businesses operate as you explore operations, business finance, marketing and data analysis alongside your human resource management modules

- Gain the confidence to lead as you apply your learning to real-world situations and take part in our Business Consultancy Project

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

- Learn the human resource management skills you need in a post-Covid world, focusing on workforce retention and talent management, managing equality and diversity and developing creativity and business improvement

- Be taught by a team of practitioners with entrepreneurial, academic and industry experience who are part of a dedicated Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management research group

- Benefit from an active programme of specialist and industry talks

- Increase your employability with an optional paid placement year at a company such as IBM

**Accreditation**

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

This means, if you successfully complete all the required modules, you'll be able to apply for Associate Membership of the CIPD when you graduate. This membership is sought-after by employers and is likely to give you an advantage when looking for your first job.

Please note that you will need to pay a membership fee when you apply for your membership.

**Careers and opportunities**

As a human resource manager you can work in any sector that you're passionate about, whether that's sport, charities, manufacturing, or maybe the arts; all sorts of different businesses need effective workforce management. It's also a role that could take you overseas.

Your CIPD accreditation means you're likely to earn more money and have more job options than your non-accredited peers (Reed UK).

Best of all is that this qualification opens up many possible career routes. You might want to specialise in workplace training and development, become an expert in employment law, or lead on business development. As you progress you'll be able to map a career to your interests.

Previous graduates of this course have secured jobs at companies such as:
- Peninsula Group Ltd HR Consultancy

- Santander

- Ministry of Defence

- Aldingbourne Trust

- JRL Construction

- Wartsila (Marine and Energy) UK Ltd

- Henkel

- UK Atomic Energy Authority

- Finsbury Foods

Graduates of this course have secured jobs as:
- HR executive

- learning and development coordinator

- human resources business partner

- HR and employment law consultant

- internal auditor

- project manager

- police officer

- buyer

(Data sourced from HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey.)

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.

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
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,200
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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Business and Law

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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.

66%
low
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

65%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

81%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
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?

61%
UK students
39%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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 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.

£23k

£23k

£29k

£29k

£34k

£34k

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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