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Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 Years: N600
    Foundation: N601

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 Years
    Full Time with Foundation: 4 Years
    Part Time: 4 - 6 Years

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465
    Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000
    Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000

  • 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 894503

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 11/10/2021

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.
  • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible student. Eligibility criteria and 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.

    This programme is CIPD accredited, pending revised accreditation for 2021. In 2021, the CIPD revised its professional framework, requiring all existing CIPD accredited programmes to be mapped against the new standard. New accredited programmes aligned to the new Profession Map are being introduced in 2021. We will offer these from September 2021 (pending CIPD approval).

    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.
    List of modules
      • Module code: HRM1037
        Status: Compulsory
        This module explores how organisations need to consider the influence of people on its ability to adapt to changing environment. Students consider how personalities and attitudes of employees infuence organisational performance and success. The module introduces students to key concepts around performance management and change.
      • Module code: HRM1038
        Status: Compulsory
        This module enables students to develop the required skills and behaviours of HR professionals and related occupations. Students assess their own strengths and limitations and identify a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) plan based on the capabilities required for ethical business-focused and interpersonal professional conduct.
      • Module code: HRM1039
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce learners to concepts theories and approaches to understanding culture and human behaviour in organisations. Learners examine theory about organisational culture and behaviour and then explore recent trends considering how the relationship between the organisation and its environment affects organisational culture.
      • Module code: HRM1040
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides students with an understanding of the employee experience in an organisation and the HR policies and practices that support the employee lifecycle. Students are introduced to specific aspects of HRM people practices and how these are implemented in a range or organisational contexts including regulated and non-regulated environments.
      • Module code: HRM1041
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides students with an understanding of how the workplace affects well-being. Students explore a range of key concepts within workplace psychology and considers dimensions such as workplace design emotions at work dispersed work management styles and how these factors impact on well-being at work.
      • Module code: HRM2067
        Status: Compulsory
        This module enables learners to develop skills in the translation of evidence into practice through the review of research and the investigation of different types of organisational evidence. Learners compare analyse and synthesise evidence and then use the results to make informed decisions that have practical implications for organisational performance.
      • Module code: HRM2068
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is is to enable learners to identify importance of organisational change and the role of HRM in the implemetation of change Through this module learners will examine the internal and external drivers that influence the need for change and investigate approaches to adpating organisations to the external environment.
      • Module code: HRM2069
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop students? understanding of different interpretations of value within an organisational context. Students explore the tools and technological advancements that support value creation relating these to modern social and technological trends and their implications for people and organisations.
      • Module code: HRM2070
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop and apply the skills and behaviours of HR professionals within a wider context. It will enable learners to assess their own personal and professional development and reflect on their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) whilst developing further their professional practice.
      • Module code: HRM2071
        Status: Compulsory
        This module examines approaches to identifying and managing talent within the organisation. Students explore how development initiatives are developed to meet both individual and organisational requirements and how to develop a learning environment in an organisation
      • 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.
  • 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.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • UK Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International Full Time: £13,000
    • International Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply

    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.

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

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

    • UK/EU Full Time: £9,250
    • UK/EU Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • UK/EU Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International Full Time: £12,900
    • International Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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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.

Student Story

Palvinder’s Story

“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.”