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BA (Hons)
Business and Human Resource Management

Learn about business and the importance of Human Resource Management (HRM) on this course. Business is more than production and profit, it depends on people. HRM is about managing, developing and motivating people at work. You'll be able to work in general management and HR.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: NN61

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

Some businesses appear to value their profits more than their staff and this creates a bad work environment. However businesses wouldn't function without people.  In the UK, the service sector contributes up to 80% of the economy, where highly trained and motivated staff are increasingly seen as core to success of all organisations. 

Companies need to make sure that they manage their people effectively, in terms of recruitment, training, reward and communications. A motivated workforce can provide real competitive advantage for a business. Human Resource management (HRM) focusses on ensuring that business objectives are met through developing and encouraging all employees to work to their full potential.

Combining the knowledge of business with Human Resource Management

Having a clear understanding of how a business works is crucial for all HR Managers.  We've structured the course so that during the first year, you'll join other business students on modules which will provide you with a fundamental knowledge of the challenges facing businesses today, and the part that marketing, finance and operations play in creating success. 

In the second year, you'll start to gain specific knowledge relating to HRM while building on your existing knowledge of industry. In the third year you will specialise further, through your dissertation and also through highly focussed HR assignments.

The Bucks Business School is packed with expertise. All our business courses cross over, with some modules being shared across the degrees. We believe in breaking down barriers and giving our students every opportunity to expand their network while with us. With smaller, more intimate class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and around-the-clock support.

Being so close to London gives us some amazing industry links, giving you the chance to gain experience in the real world. Our focus on real life experience gives you that competitive edge when heading into employment.

Make the most of our industry links

Our focus on recreating the industry on campus gives a boost to your employability. Some of the companies we have worked with include Dreams, Softcat, Enterprise-rent-a-car, Phlexglobal, Dow Chemicals and The NHS as well as local SMEs such as Wycombe Radio and KVA Digital.

Learn about Business from well-seasoned experts in management

Our lecturers have extensive industry and academic experience. They'll help you mix theory with practice, informing your learning with their knowledge. We attract many guest speakers onto the course, some of which are former students. We make sure that you'll always know about the latest trends in the world of business.

Some of our lecturers have their own interests in the business, some with their own businesses. Their main interest is your teaching and they are always on call, ready to support you through your studies.

Year One

  • Business Environment
  • Financial Decision Making
  • People and Organisations
  • Marketing
  • The Graduate Challenge
  • Career Viewpoint

Year Two

  • Enterprise Projects
  • Operations & Project Management
  • Small Business
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Economic Analysis
  • Business to Business and Services Marketing
  • Resourcing and Reward
  • Future of Work
  • Selling & Sales Management
  • International Human Resource Management

Year Three

  • Dissertation
  • Consultancy Project
  • Enterprise and New Business
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • International Strategy & Organisations
  • Managing Innovation in Business
  • Business Information Systems
  • Negotiated Work Based Learning
  • Strategic Human Resource Management

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

What are my career prospects?

As a graduate, you'll be equipped with a broad understanding of business practice and will also have developed a more specialist knowledge of Human Resource Management. This course opens up opportunities for graduates to pursue a career in a general people management role or as HRM practitioners. You can start your career as a Resourcing Coordinator, Personnel Assistant or HR Officer.

There are also opportunities to continue your studies with a range of academic and professional postgraduate courses. We run a MA in Human Resource Management, a popular course for our returning business students. Many of our students also progress onto further study to gain relevant professional qualifications once their career route is established.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Throughout your time with us we'll support you on the route to your chosen career. We'll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We run encourage placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.