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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?

Businesses wouldn’t function without people. Getting people management right in terms of recruitment, training, reward and communications can provide an organisation with real competitive advantage. Human Resource Management  gives you the ability to make sure that line managers and their staff communicate properly and work together as a functioning unit. Much of HRM is taking command of internal relationships and finding ways to make the business work more effectively.

Helping your team reach their full potential
Running a business involves more than monitoring stocks and shares. You have a responsibility to look after your employees too. Some businesses value their profits more than their staff and this creates a bad work environment. Understanding and relating to your team gives everyone a boost and a valued team works much more effectively.

Combining the knowledge of Business with Human Resource
Having a firm understanding of how a business works is crucial when looking at human resource management. It will provide you with a solid knowledge of the challenges facing businesses today and the part that marketing, finance and operations play in creating success. Business and HRM graduates need to have a distinct grounding in all aspects of Human Resource Management practice and the strategic management of business issues.

We’ve structured the course so that during the first year, you’ll join other business students in modules about managing business. In the second year, you’ll start to gain skills in HRM while building on your existing knowledge of the industry. In the third year, you can specialise further for your final project.

We have a bustling business department with lots of 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 Initials, Jargon PR, Medico, Mindshare, Primal, Scannappeal and Simpler PR.

We have a strong practical element to our business courses with live briefs that our friends in the industry trust our students with. We’ve had students consulting major companies and helping start ups to get their businesses on the move.

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 teaching with their knowledge. We get many guest speakers visiting, 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.

We run a Biz fest every year, where successful business leaders come to Bucks to share their thoughts on business ventures and the future of their industries.

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?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

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.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

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 Resources. 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.

We also help you to nurture your own ideas for a new business, giving you support as you start to embark on your new journey.

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.