• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

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) focuses 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.

Course Details


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.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
Independent learning: 888 hours

Year 2: 30 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 360 hours
Independent learning: 840 hours

Year 3: 24 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 283 hours
Independent learning: 917 hours


You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.

Year 1

80 percent coursework 15 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 2

80 percent coursework 15 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 3

75 percent coursework 20 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.


You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course 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.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 2 Modules

  • Business Analytics (optional)
  • B2B and Service Marketing (optional)
  • Cross Cultural Management (optional)
  • Economic Analysis
  • Enterprise Projects
  • Future of Work (optional)
  • International HRM (optional)
  • Operations and Project Management
  • Selling and Sales Management
  • Small Business (optional)

Year 3 Modules

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


How much does it cost

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.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

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 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.

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