Business and Human Resource Management - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
NN16
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
Starting:
September 2015
Campus:
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Places on this course are available through Clearing

Our Clearing hotline (0121 331 6777) opens at 7am on Thursday 13 August. See how we can help you in the meantime.

By focusing on the importance of close integration between staff, management and the needs of the business, and looking at how a company attracts, retains, motivates and manages its people, this business and human resource management course gives you the practical business tools and professional judgement to confidently approach employment in a competitive field.

What's covered in the course?

This course demonstrates clearly how recruiting the right employees – and enthusing and empowering them – benefits business performance. The business element offers a sharp focus on the way organisations operate in their market, how imaginative ideas can solve stubborn problems, and how you can think and act like an entrepreneur.

You initially explore issues such as Economic Environment, Accounting and Finance, Managing Organisations, People and Self, Marketing in Business and New Venture Creation, as well as expanding your professional outlook with an extended induction programme.

The second year investigates Creative Problem Solving, Business Operations and Logistics, The Business Entrepreneur and Contemporary Business Issues. You also study Legal Aspects of HR, Contemporary Issues in HR and HRM Resourcing and Development.

Following your optional placement year, you could explore International Business Strategy, Business Operations and Systems, as well as International HRM and HRM Relations and Rewards.

As part of your final assessment, a placement project or dissertation lets you put together a professional document investigating an area of your choice.

“My experience at Birmingham City Business School has been fantastic. It holds great credibility as lecturers are from industry, therefore they are able to advise and teach by incorporating academic and practice techniques together.” Amnol Kalsi

Why Choose Us?

  • Birmingham City Business School has always worked closely with industry; this business exposure means the course reflects real challenges and is highly valued by employers.
  • A Joint Honours degree allows you to study two main subject areas and potentially aim for employment in two distinctive areas.
  • Get on the inside, and see how people and businesses fit together with a year-long work placement – our Placement Office has a lot of experience and a wide range of contacts.
  • Like all first year business students, you and your team will put together a business plan focusing on a real business problem, which you will pitch to industry experts, Dragons’ Den style.
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This course is open to International students

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Recruiting Expertise
  • Superdry

And in jobs such as:

  • Trainee Recruiter
  • HR Assistant
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Entry Requirements

Clearing 2015

This course is likely to have places available through Clearing.

  • The entry requirements for this course will differ from the usual requirements detailed below during Clearing. Exact details of tariff points will be published closer to results day.
  • The Clearing hotline (0121 331 6777) will open at 7am on Thursday 13 August. In the meantime, you can register your interest in this course or find out more about Clearing.

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2015/16
GCE A Level/ AS Level 280 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (BBC offer made in grades). This may also include General Studies and Critical Thinking. Remaining points can be made up with AS Levels in different subjects. AS Level in the same subject of an A Level will not be accepted.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 Credits Level 3, 15 credits Level 2 including Level 2 English Language and Maths for all programmes
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2015/16
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 28 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Non-standard entry

The programme welcomes applications from students who have significant relevant work or life experience but who may not necessarily meet all of the published academic requirements for their chosen course. The University must be satisfied that your work or life experience is equivalent to the qualifications that other applicants will be studying. We want all of our students to succeed and will only offer a place where we believe that an applicant is capable of completing their chosen course with a strong final degree classification.

The admissions team will be pleased to discuss individual circumstances with prospective students.

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2015/16 year, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 tariff points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
or
be predicted DMM profile at BTEC level

Learn more about unconditional offers >>

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2015 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years See below Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2015 FT 3 years £11,500 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years See below Apply via UCAS

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office.You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

First year

Accounting and Finance
30 credits
Marketing in Business
30 credits
Managing Organisations People and Self
30 credits
Economic Environment (Autumn term)
15 credits
New Venture Creation (Spring term)
15 credits

Second year

HRM Resourcing and Development
30 credits
Creative Problem Solving (Autumn term)
15 credits
Business Operations and Logistics (Autumn term)
15 credits
Legal Aspects of HR (Autumn term)
15 credits
The Business Entrepreneur (Spring term)
15 credits
Contemporary Business Issues (Spring term)
15 credits
Contemporary Issues in HRM (Spring term)
15 credits

Final year

In the final year you undertake a choice of modules totalling 60 credits from the list below. (The modules stated as 'core' are compulsory).

International Business Strategy (core)
30 credits
HRM Relations and Reward (core)
30 credits
Making sense of organisations or Project/Dissertation (Autumn term)
15 credits
Managing the HRM Function or Project/Dissertation (Autumn term)
15 credits
Business operations and systems or Project/Dissertation (Spring term)
15 credits
International HRM or Project/Dissertation (Spring term)
15 credits

The modules below run across both terms. Only one can be chosen.

Business Start Up Project
30 credits
Management Consultancy Project
30 credits
Dissertation
30 credits
Placement project
30 credits

Course Structure

As a Joint Honours degree student at Birmingham City Business School, you will study a core first year before continuing onto subject-specific modules in the remaining years of your course. This exciting development is designed to offer you flexibility of subject choice and increase your employability.

Business

The study of business provides a detailed understanding of the way organisations work, how they operate within their specific environment and the impact on individuals working within them.

You learn how to apply business theory, identify types of business opportunity and address a range of business issues in an imaginative way.

Investigating the issues confronting individuals within a business, you will develop an awareness of the problems businesses can face in general, and be able to identify a number of possible responses.

Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management pathway offers an in-depth study of the close integration between people management and the needs of the business.

It looks at how businesses can attract, retain, motivate and manage people and aims to offer you the opportunity to reach the high standards necessary to pursue a successful career in this field.

The programme provides the knowledge, skills and attitudes to effectively manage people within an organisation, as well as communicate well with customers.

You develop methods, practices and techniques for human resource management within a range of situations, and upon graduation, you will be able to demonstrate how to integrate human resources within the wider business strategy, and manage a variety of interpersonal issues that may arise within an organisation.

Interested in a degree that allows you to earn whilst you learn – and combines blocks of study with employment? Take a look at our sponsored work based degree, BA (Hons) Leadership and Management (work based) degree.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This means that you can achieve the Intermediate Level Diploma in Human Resource Management alongside your degree, as long as you have joined the CIPD. The award is conditional on successfully completing the Honours degree programme in the appropriate module areas.

Erasmus scheme

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

You may progress to the University’s MA and MSc programmes or complete professional examinations in management, human resources, and marketing.

Student stories Carina Matyssek

HR Department of a Major Bank in Frankfurt

Carina came to Birmingham City University from Germany. Before she started her degree, she took an internship in the HR department of a major bank in Frankfurt, Germany where she discovered her love of the subject. She applied for Business and HR Management as it combined her passion for the subject with a degree she knew employers would take seriously.

I am very impressed and satisfied with the support from the staff. I have received a great amount of support concerning course-related questions as well as help with my CV, cover letters and preparations for job interviews. I am given the feeling that the staff care about me and are truly happy for me when I receive good feedback from employers.

Enhancing your employability skills

If you take the Business pathway, you will be well placed for graduate fast-track training and entry-level management posts in a number of industries, including commerce, government, community organisations and charities. You may also use your knowledge to set up your own entrepreneurial venture.

Business courses are one of the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job according to a recent article in the Telegraph, with 85 per cent of business graduates nationwide going into work or further study.

Completing a pathway in HRM provides you with excellent career opportunities, including roles in employee relations, employee development and recruitment. Organisations recognise that a strong HRM team is an essential part of a business, and the HRM pathway will allow you to perform effectively in roles in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

You will also have the opportunity to increase your employability skills and experiences with the Leadership Challenge (a series of events, projects and competitions mirroring real-life business) and take advantage of our ASK@BCU online employer mentoring, which teams students up with alumni and employer mentors to provide industry insight, employability skills and contacts.

Find out more about the Leadership Challenge

Placements

You will benefit from the opportunity to spend a year working in industry between your second and third study year, allowing you to acquire invaluable, hands-on experience ahead of your career in business.

It is an excellent opportunity for you and your placement company. Your work experience allows you to develop a greater understanding of the business world, pick up key transferable skills, and put theory into practice, whilst your placement company can gain from your fresh ideas and enthusiasm.

Local companies respect and often recruit Birmingham City Business School's graduates. As well as helping you find a suitable place for your work experience year, the Placement Office advertises around 1,000 jobs each year.

A note for all full-time students starting a Bachelor's degree in 2013/14:

If you commence your studies in September 2013 under the new fees regime, and decide to undertake a placement year (making your degree a four-year sandwich course), please note that you will not be charged a tuition fee for that particular year.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our business and human resources course is most popular with international students from:  

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.

Moving to the Curzon Building

In September 2015 all business, English, law and social sciences courses will move to our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building.

The £63m building will offer students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Curzon Building will also feature:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which will be located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

What do our students think?

"It's shaping out to be a great futuristic building."

English student Isaac will be moving into the building in September and had an exclusive tour of the new facilities.

Read Isaac's blog >>

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295