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Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 Years: N600
    Foundation: N601

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time with Foundation
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450
    Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900
    Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

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Overview


Human Resource Management (HRM) is attractive to those who wish to study a business-related subject with a focus on developing the skills of a HR practitioner.

This professionally recognised programme integrates business issues with the management of people, helping you apply your learning to real life scenarios. The BA HRM in Business integrates theory, practice and experience beyond the classroom through collaborative learning, professional community networking and employer engagement.

Updated 15/10/2020

Highlights


  • Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development.
  • Additional accreditation of the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management, upon successful completion of the course and the approved modules.
  • Optional work placement.
  • Engaging and relevant ‘real world’ tasks that will be replicated in the HR profession.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP laptop and software included with this course. Terms and conditions apply.

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Course Content


  • Our BA (Hons) Human Resource Management course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development.

    Upon successful completion of the BA (Hons) Human Resource Management course and the approved modules, you will be eligible for Associate membership of the CIPD (CIPD membership fee and criteria applies). Associate members can use the designatory letters ‘Assoc CIPD’ after their name.  For further information on the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, please visit the CIPD website.

    In addition to the modules you will study on the course, there are many other opportunities, provided by the University of Northampton, to develop your skills, to enhance your career outcomes, such as Employability Plus. There will also be opportunities to network with those already working in HR as well as attending CIPD branch events to enhance your professional network, personal knowledge and skills. For more information on local branch events, visit the Northampton CIPD branch websites.

    Other course highlights

    • CIPD Student Membership included in your course fee throughout the duration of your studies.
    • Eligibility for Associate membership of the CIPD on course completion and the relevant modules.
    • Opportunity to engage with Employability Related activities within the University of Northampton. For example, experiencing assessment centres and mock interviews, with real life employers.
      • Module code: BUS2002
        Status: Designate
        This module is designed to build on the study of the business environment and functional aspects of business and management. It aims to provide an introduction to strategic decision-making within organisations. The focus of the module is on long-term strategic issues affecting the organisations.
      • Module code: HRM2002
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable the learner to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of organisational behaviour and how these behaviours impact on the effective and ethical management of people and organisational situations.
      • Module code: HRM2003
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to equip learners with an understanding of the core areas of Human Resource Management. The module focuses on people resourcing and improving organisational performance. The module examines these areas in the context of HR and related management professions.
      • Module code: HRM2004
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to ensure that learners are familiar with a range of measures used in recruitment selection development and promotion activities. The module will identify how these measures are used within different HR activties; highlighting the benefits and shortcomings surrounding measurement and validation.
      • Module code: HRM2005
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides an introduction to business research methods. It introduces the research process a variety of different research methods and inquiry skills that are crucial to the development of graduate level managers. It explores research philosophy approaches methodologies methods and discusses justifications for those choices.
      • Module code: HRM2014
        Status: Designate
        This module helps students understand how managers work within organisations and the skills and knowledge they need to perform as an effective manager and leader. Students will examine the features and processes of organisations and the impact management and leadership has on organisational behaviour.
      • Module code: HRM2039
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is for learners to explore the principles of employment law that will help organisations to prevent and minimize employment and business problems. It will examine good employment practices in the field of HRM ensuring clear understanding of parameters and practical detail of key employment legislation.
      • Module code: HRM2042
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to provide the learner with the opportunity to examine and analyse the specific characteristics or behaviours employability and job-related skills and knowledge required to be a successful and effective employee in their particular business sector/type of organisation.
      • Module code: HRM2049
        Status: Compulsory
        This module is designed to enable students to develop a knowledge and understanding of the labour market and professional standards relevant to their chosen career pathway. Students will identify their development needs and the module will support them in the development of transferrable and subject specific skills relevant to their graduate career path. Students will evaluate and reflect upon their understanding of behaviours and practices appropriate to working within complex organisational structures and cultures and analyse current key issues within their professional field. The module will enable students to gain an understanding of current approaches to graduate recruitment and to develop a range of knowledge and skills required to engage successfully with these recruitment processes.
      • Module code: BUS3011
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to understand the reasons for which organisations increasingly operate across cultural boundaries. This module has both a theoretical and practical focus. The module discusses different business cultures across the world and considers their impact on individuals when working/operating in home transitory virtual and culturally distant environments. The module has a strong emphasis on developing personal adaptability in cross cultural (work) environments. The definition of culture is covered widely.
      • Module code: HRM3005
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to achieve a complex understanding of the context theory and differing perspectives on employee relations and the employment relationship. It will also facilitate the application of effective employee relations practices in future employment.
      • Module code: HRM3007
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to understand the contribution of HRM strategies policies and practices in securing competitive advantage and service quality in contemporary organisations. This module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the multitude of different HRM approaches that may be utilised in domestic and international organisations.
      • Module code: HRM3008
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable learners to consider factors affecting change in organisational contexts. The module will examine the impact of change in a variety of different international organisational contexts. A particular focus of this module is that it considers change through managing people.
      • Module code: HRM3009
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop students' ability in creating and de-livering training initiatives that are necessary to achieve organisational com-petitive advantage. The responsibility for developing people is often de-volved to individual line managers and so this module considers localised as well as organisational contexts for learning.
      • Module code: HRM4001
        Status: Designate
        A programme of independent study culminating in a dissertation which is a traditional capstone for undergraduate courses that allows the student to demonstrate a deep insight into a topic through the design and conduct of an independent investigation.
      • Module code: HRM4002
        Status: Designate
        A programme of independent study culminating in a project is a traditional capstone for undergraduate courses that allows the student to demonstrate a deep insight into a topic through the design and conduct of an independent investigation.
  • You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. Whilst on your Optional Work Placement Year you will study a 40 credit module ‘The Placement Year Experience – Organisations in Context’. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed using a variety of assessments that reflect ‘real world’ tasks therefore essays and exams are not included within the programme. The assessments are relevant and engaging and require students to demonstrate their own learning rather than pure subject knowledge.

    The programme has a strong emphasis on personal and professional growth and development, to ensure students are both capable and professional individuals within the workplace.

    Are there any special features on this course?

    • The BA (Hons) HRM course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for HR and people development.
    • Additional accreditation of the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management is available, upon successful completion of the course and the approved modules
    • Opportunity to engage with Employability Related activities within the University of Northampton. For example, experiencing assessment centres and mock interviews, with real life employers.
    • Opportunity to attend the Career Planning and Development conference
    • Allocated Personal Tutor
    • Optional work placement year
  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.

    Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements

    The standard entry requirements for the Integrated Foundation Year are DEE at A level or MPP at BTEC.

    For more information on how to make an application please visit our How to Apply pages for Home and EU, and International students.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for Human Resource Management we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Human Resource Management programme which includes a Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

    Please see our Integrated Foundation Year page for more details.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).
    Included in your Course Fee:

    • Student membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is included within your course fee. The CIPD student membership is worth £90 each year (membership fee as of July 2016). The CIPD Student membership is paid for each year, whilst studying the course.
    • being a CIPD Student member offers you a variety of benefits. Please visit the CIPD website to find out more information on CIPD Student Membership.

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Included in your Course Fee:

    • Student membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is included within your course fee. The CIPD student membership is worth £90 each year (membership fee as of July 2016). The CIPD Student membership is paid for each year, whilst studying the course.
    • being a CIPD Student member offers you a variety of benefits. Please visit the CIPD website to find out more information on CIPD Student Membership.

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    Human Resource Management MA

    Human Resource Management PGDip

  • Palvinder’s Story

    Work placement as a Recruitment Administrator at St Matthews Healthcare Company based in Northampton.

    “Taking a work placement is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It enabled me to have the opportunity to look thoroughly into the HR industry, to develop an understanding of the structure, behaviour and working norms within an organisation, as well as improving my verbal and written communication skills.

    The placement has played a key role in determining what career I would like to pursue, I am now confident as to what I would like to do after graduating. I feel like I now have an advantage on expanding my network in the HR sector. This placement has also had a huge impact on my personal development – a year ago, I was a shy individual whereas now I am more confident and can see the transformation within myself.”

    UON Human Resource Management student Palvinder

    Nikita’s Story

    Work placement as the Learning and Development Assistant at Janssen-Cilag, the pharmaceutical company for Johnson and Johnson.

    “This year has opened a lot of doors for me for my future career, the experience I have gained during my placement has been so beneficial and will make for some much stronger interview answers than I previously would have had when I apply to future roles.

    It’s also been a great opportunity to make new friends, there were 12 students at Janssen and we all lived together across three houses. It’s been so good to move to a new place and meet new, like-minded people who are embarking on the same experience. If you are considering taking a placement year, I could not recommend it enough.”

    UON Human Resource Management Student Nikita

    Paul’s Story

    Paul Tidman graduated from the BA Human Resources Management course in 2017 with first class honours and an impressive graduate CV – as he secured a job at The Walt Disney Company following a successful internship and placement.

    “In my first year, the University invited students to attend a CIPD conference in Northampton. It was a great way to meet like-minded HR professionals and gave me an opportunity to network and rub shoulders with HR managers and decision makers – to explore potential opportunities. At this conference, I met the HR manager at The Walt Disney Company and I cheekily asked if they had any jobs for me. A few months later, I’d managed to secure myself a short-term internship working in the HR department of their European Head Office, in Lutterworth – and things developed from there.”

    Find out more about Paul’s experience of studying with us.

    UON Human Resource Management Graduate Paul

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Careers and Employability


A career in HR can offer many varied opportunities (CIPD 2015). Please take a look at the career stories from real HR professionals to find out, about some of the different career options available. Whether you’re just starting out in the profession or you’re looking to take the next step.

The BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management degree can lead you to further study opportunities such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Postgraduate Diploma in HRM programme, a MBA or a Master degree in HRM or a related subject.