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BA (Hons) Human Resource Management

Are you enthused by the chance to work in a discipline that has a major impact on the excellence of people at work?

Constant change at work means that organisations are facing increasing challenges.

Employees have never had a more important role in meeting those challenges, and in supporting organisations achieve success.

Human resource management provides the professional knowledge and skills needed to get the best out of people at work, and to help make their working lives enjoyable and fulfilling.

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Course Length:

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBC – CCC

A level / BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical combination (including AS / EPQ): 96 to 112 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical: DDM - MMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits at Merit

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Postgraduate Pathway

The Business School has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

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Work Placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging job market. As a Business School student, you’ll have a wide range of opportunities to undertake work-based learning as well as the option to take a full year’s paid professional placement in year three or a shorter 10 week placement in the final year of your studies.

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Student view

Sarah Feeney
The structure of the syllabus is flexible to my needs and the content of my degree, whilst challenging, is really good fun.

Course content

This course enables you to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills to make you an effective manager of people, no matter what area of business you choose to work in, as well as an HRM professional, able to impact on the quality of people’s working lives and on their contribution to the performance of their organisation.

This degree will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills to prepare you for a successful career in a complex and ever changing business world, whether you intend to work in human resource management or any other area of business.

In the first year, you will study a range of management-related subjects, designed to ensure you have a broad foundation and knowledge of management, joining with students from a range of business-related degree routes. You will consider the human, legal, economic, financial and technology-related issues managers are faced with, and the tools and techniques they use.

The second year focuses more specifically on key aspects of human resource management, such as employee development, employee relations and leadership, as well as giving you the opportunity to choose from a range of other modules, to meet your particular interests.

The third year (or fourth, if you have taken the opportunity for a year’s professional placement after year two) moves to consider in greater depth the strategic importance of HRM in the creation and management of successful innovative organisations and key contemporary issues in HRM which interest you, as well as providing the opportunity of a ten-week work placement, which can be used as the basis for the management research project which is a key feature of the final year.

Our facilities

The Business School is located in an historic Georgian building, the Dome, based at the University's Bognor Regis campus which has undergone a multi-million pound transformation with a modern interior, purpose-built to reflect our approach to learning, and provide a relaxed yet professional working environment for students and staff. 

You will undertake your workshops in teaching rooms that are bang up-to-date with design features, touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi, and have been described as some of the best in the country. All of our current students love the learning environment, the friendly, supportive culture, camaraderie and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a ‘face in the crowd’. 

For studying outside of classroom meetings we have a brand new library housing the latest books, journals and online resources, an IT centre, and a student zone complete with barrista coffee and snacks. There is a small a gym on campus, and halls of residence with wifi facilities.

The Dome, library, residences and Students’ Union building are all located on a beautifully maintained, green and leafy, level campus. If that’s not quite enough to stimulate your intellect, we are just a short level walk from the beach and, for the more energetic, within cycling distance of the South Downs National Park. 

Further Students’ Union and sports facilities are available at our Bishop Otter campus and there is a regular subsidised bus service between the two campuses.

Where this can take you

As a successful graduate, you will be equipped to enter a range of professional and business careers, as well as specifically human resource management.

Recent graduates have joined organisations in both the private and public sectors, such as:

  • British Aerospace
  • NHS
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Biffa
  • John Lewis
  • Tribal Consulting
  • The Goodwood Group

You will also be able to progress to professional HRM qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and to post-graduate study at Masters level.

Work placements

Our Business and Management degrees have a strong vocational focus and are enhanced by our optional work placement programmes.  Work placements and internships give students the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during their time on campus in a real-world setting and allows them to develop their employability skills.

What our students think...

"I feel that the work placement was an extremely valuable experience to me and would thoroughly recommend it to any student going into their third year. I think in order to do the placement you do need to be self-motivated, however the benefits are endless. The support from the University was good - it is always good to know people are there, the Placement coordinator has been a great support."

"If I hadn't done the work placement I wouldn't have had the confidence that I now have. It prepared me for the working world and I would advise anyone who has the opportunity to do one to take the opportunity. I recently accepted an offer for a job with another company but I think that one of the reasons that I got the job was because I was able to talk about my experience on placement."

Professional Placement – 1 Year Internship

All students are able to take a 'Professional Placement' during their third year which is a one year paid internship. Great significance is placed on providing a learning experience that assists with the students understanding of business practice and the context in which it takes place.  The University is committed to working closely with business and the community, offering support, opportunities and facilities to both organisations and individuals in the local community, business and public services.

10 Week Work Placement

The majority of our business and management programmes offer our students the opportunity to undertake a 10-week full-time work placement as they begin the final semester of their degree. Placements begin mid-January each year and run until the end of March.  Whilst on placement the students focus on a management project which is normally concerned with investigating management issues within the organisation.  Many placement students are offered full time jobs even before their results are published and they believe that the placement was “Extremely beneficial to finding employment opportunities straight after completion of the course”.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office which works with students and businesses to help them find their perfect match whilst ensuring that all placements are of the appropriate level and suitability for the students degree routes.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement office has built up many contacts and advertises opportunities from organisations many who come back to us each year looking for new students. 

While a large proportion of students secure placements in London and the South East we have students who have travelled overseas for their placements for example, Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.

Types of Placement

Students find placements in all areas of business, some recent examples:

  • Accounting and Finance - Rolls Royce Motorcars, Cap Gemini
  • Business Studies – Nissan Motorcars, Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Business Studies & Marketing – Rolls Royce Motorcars, Bentley Motorcars, The Dreyfuss Group
  • Events Management – Shangri-la Hotel the Shard, Rugby Players Association
  • Human Resource Management – Condair, Hays Recruitment
  • Marketing – Brandwatch, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota Motorcars, TUI
  • IT Management for Business – Cap Gemini, Debenhams, Accenture, Eaton

For further details please contact the Business School Placement Office.


Indicative modules

Year One

  • Management and Organisations
  • Enterprise Awareness
  • Introductory Law for Managers
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Accounting Skills
  • Business Information Systems
  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset

Year Two

Choice of two modules

  • The Professional Graduate
  • Research Skills
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership
  • Employee Relations
  • Employee Development

Year Three

  • Business Strategy
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management
  • Management Project
  • Either a 10 week work placement OR two modules 

Teaching and assessment

We work with our students in small workshop groups to create a learning community which operates in a friendly, supportive and highly interactive way. You will not get lost in huge lectures; our learning spaces have been specifically designed to facilitate our small group-based approach.

We believe this enables us to meet your personal interests, needs and aspirations in a more effective way, and supports your development as a well-motivated, confident learner, and ultimately highly employable graduate.

Our primary focus is on the development of those skills which will make you an effective manager of people as well as a human resource professional who can support employers achieve their aim of working with their employees to create high performing, successful organisations.

You will have opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects; these experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic real-life situations.

You can do a year’s placement as part of the degree and/or get that experience of work in your final year in a 10-week placement.

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