The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) states:
“HR is about creating successful businesses through people. A career in HR offers long-term options and a huge variety of roles.”
CIPD (2015) Endless Possibilities. London: CIPD
The BA (Hons) Human Resource Management (Top Up) programme is specifically designed for holders of a HND/FdA qualification (or equivalent level 5 qualification), to develop their existing knowledge of Human Resource Management. The award allows you to study for an honours degree in one year, specialising in HRM.
The programme is designed to explore the different areas of Human Resource Management, allowing you to build upon your existing knowledge.
Human Resource Management is attractive to those who have a particular interest in people within the workplace. It integrates strategic business issues with the management of people.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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The programme uses a range of approaches and learning experiences to explore the concepts of Human Resource Management. The programme combines opportunities to develop academic knowledge and work related skills associated with a career in the HR profession and people management related professions.
The course is designed to build upon your existing knowledge of HRM.
There will be opportunities to network with those already working in HR, to enhance your professional network, personal knowledge and skills.
The programme comprises of six compulsory modules, which reflect the different specialisms within the HR profession.
The modules you will study include: Strategic Human Resource Management, Developing Cross Cultural capability, Employee Relations, Developing People and Change Management.
You will also undertake a research project, working independently upon your chosen HR related research topic.
The information relating to modules and module experiences are subject to availability and change.
Previously, the University of Northampton has provided additional activities to enhance the employability of our final year students. Last year, the Business School operated a voluntary mentoring programme, which enabled final year students to engage with employers. The programme allowed students to attend professional networking meetings, attend work shadows, practice their interview skills and discuss career paths within their chosen field. Modules and students experience activities are subject to change.
Methods of Learning
The programme is delivered using lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.
In an average teaching week you will have 12 contact hours. In addition to your contact time, you will need to undertake, on average, a minimum of 22 hours of personal self-directed study each week.
Outside of your contact hours, there will be opportunities to engage with additional employability related activities and support services, provided by the University of Northampton. For example, engaging in a mentoring scheme or visiting ‘Learning and Development’ (formally CfAP) for guidance on your academic skills.
You will be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor, during your time with us. The contact time with your Personal Academic Tutor would be in addition to your contact hours and personal self-directed study time.
You will be assessed using a variety of individual and group based assessments including (but not limited to) reports, personal reflection, essays, presentations, portfolios, research projects and examinations. A variety of different assessment methods are used to develop your knowledge and skills on the programme.
Please note, not all modules are assessed by examination.
Some modules contain group based assessments, where the grade awarded for the assessment task, is awarded to all members of the group.
Facilities and Special Features
The BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management (top up) has many programme features which include:
- Opportunity to gain a honours degree in Human Resource Management within one year (subject to entry requirements and successful completion of all modules)
- The programme is assessed using different forms of assessments to facilitate knowledge and skill development (not all modules are assessed by examination.
- Opportunity to engage with Employability Related activities within the University of Northampton – Changemarker Hub. There are many opportunities to engage in the development of employability related skills
- Opportunity to network with HR professionals
- Opportunities to develop your knowledge and work related skills through different study methods, assessments and experiences
- Opportunities to access the University of Northampton’s student support services to help you with your studies
- Allocated Personal Academic Tutor
The HR profession offers many varied career opportunities. Please take a look at the HR careers guide from the CIPD for further information.
The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development states:
“HR opens doors to jobs in every sector. You can build your career internationally or at home. From media to engineering and from banks to charities, pretty much every industry and company will need to hire the expertise of an HR professional.”
CIPD (2015) Endless Possibilities. London: CIPD
The BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management top up 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.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
The course will incur the usual costs associated with University study.
An additional cost to consider for this programme would be printing costs and subject related trips. In previous years this has not exceeded £100 per year.
Student Membership of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD). Please access the link for current details on the cost of membership.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.