Human Resource Management - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 Years), Sandwich (4 Years)
September 2017

This BA (Hons) course teaches you about the importance of motivating and managing people within a business, showing you the link between successful performance and the people you employ. Drawing upon all aspects of people management, enables you to not only build knowledge and understanding but also a high degree of professional competence in the field of people management and development.

We have professional recognition from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, demonstrating the high quality provision of our course. You will keep up-to-date with the latest issues and developments in human resources, supported by your lecturers who have experience of working with some of the biggest names in business, such as Marks & Spencer, Selfridges, Nestle and Jaguar Land Rover.

What's covered in the course?

You will develop your skills through real projects, field trips and interactive workshops. Graduates of this course leave with real, practical experience, working for companies such as Superdry and National Express. This course draws upon all aspects of people management, enabling you not only to build knowledge and understanding but also a high degree of professional competence in the field of people management and development. 

You will have the option to undertake a work placement to gain practical work experience within a business, ensuring you are ready for the real world on graduation.

We will develop your attributes so you’ll graduate with the potential to become a full corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). 

Why Choose Us?

  • You’ll hear from leading industry speakers, who will offer relevant, contemporary advice.
  • Our accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – subject to validation - ensures your course remains cutting-edge and fresh, as well as providing key industry insight and contacts.
  • The course will prepare you for modern management alongside you HRM specialisation, whether that be in a multinational company, the public sector or not for profit organisations.
  • You’ll study in our state-of-the-art Curzon Building, part of our flagship City Centre Campus.

Please note this course has changed name for 2017/18. The KIS data below relates to the previous course title.

This course is subject to approval

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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
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Entry Requirements

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

Typical Offers

A Level BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects


BTEC D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points


GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
View Equivalent GCSE Qualifications that will be considered
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates Pass Adult Numeracy / Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass Maths / English. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Key Skills level 2 Pass Application of Numbers / Communication. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) AAABBB or BBBBCC Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish Intermediate 2 Only acceptable with Advanced Higher. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish National 5 Only in certain circumstances. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.

Other acceptable UK Qualifications

Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team

EU / International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

The UCAS tariff has changed

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system has changed.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – has introduced a new system on how points are calculated. This will be different to what you may have seen if you have applied or looked at undergraduate courses previously.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £12,000 per year 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


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.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

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.

Year One

Employee Engagement
20 credits

This module is intended to provide you with a broad understanding of what is meant by employee engagement, including how it can be linked to and yet be distinguished from other related concepts like employee involvement and employee participation.

Finance for Managers
20 credits

You will prepare basic budgets based on standard cost calculations, as well as create basic extracts from financial statements.

Contemporary HR for Managers
20 credits

You will learn to appreciate the current concerns among HR managers, and be aware of current and forthcoming UK and European legislation. You will deliver two, ten-minute team presentations.

The Professional Learner
20 credits

You will undertake and report on a series of activities in relation to, and determined by, the specific programme of study. You’ll also produce a reflective account of each activity, articulating the learning and its future application.

Marketing Foundations
20 credits

You will propose opportunities for the creation of value for a range of stakeholders, through the application of marketing concepts and practices. You’ll also demonstrate transferrable skills, which are essential to a career in marketing and business. To do this, you will design an individual digital poster.

Understanding Organisations and Organisational Behaviour
20 credits

This is a core module that introduces you to the basic concepts of organisational life. It focuses on four main topics, namely individuals, groups, structures, and processes. In essence, it helps you get an understanding of the workplace and the ways in which employees behave within an organisation.

Year Two

Employment Law
20 credits

This module will enable you to build a strong understanding of the legal issues that impact on the “people” aspects of the business. Both UK and European employment legislation will be explored and enable you to gain an insight into the practical steps employers need to consider, when applying the law. You will be exposed to both academic and practice based knowledge, giving you an opportunity to develop important skills that are transferable into the workplace.

Adding Value Through HR
20 credits

This module looks at the important contribution that an efficient and effective human resource management capability can add value to an organisation.  The purpose of this unit is to introduce you to HR activity and to the role of the HR function in organisations in general terms. 

An Introduction to Consultancy
20 credits

You will demonstrate a clear appreciation of the linkages between the roles of management consultants, as well as applying a range of theory, knowledge and skills to diagnose organisational issues. You will complete the module with a clear understanding if the skills needed for developing critical insights into organisational issues.

The Independent Learner
20 credits

Working on an individual e-portfolio, you will identify the competencies relevant to your future career, as well as reflecting on your performance within your professional practice and co-curricular activities. 

Applied Management
20 credits

In this module, you will apply relevant strategic concepts and techniques of competitive strategy to the analysis of strategic choice. You will enhance your ability to contribute effectively to discussions, presentations or debates. Assessment will be an individual applied management report of 3,000 words.

Optional modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Applying Consultancy
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Cross Cultural Management 

Final Year

The Contemporary Global Manager
20 credits

The module seeks to address key issues confronting managers in the 21st century.  The fast-changing business environment and the dynamics of international shifts in economic power have led to an increased interest in responsiveness of organisations.  This will require students emerging from universities with business degrees to demonstrate a clear appreciation of the key issues of the industry. 

Workplace Learning & Development
20 credits

How do organisations develop their employees to stay competitive and retain talent? This core HR module aims to provide the learner with a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating inclusive Human Resource Development (HRD) activities in general and when considering Learning & Development (L&D) interventions.

The Life Long Learner
20 credits

This module builds upon the learning foundation from the first year level 4 module Professional Learner Skills and the second year level 5 module, The Independent Learner. Students are given opportunities to develop the depth of their understanding of the critical issues in relation the development of soft skills to prepare for the workplace and for modern working life

Employee Relations & Reward
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop the student's knowledge, understanding and professional competence in the field of employee relations and reward management. An understanding of the relationship between management and employees whether unionised or not– which is central to effective workplace. The aim is to highlight the importance of legal framework in managing both employment relations and reward, to examine the strategic choices which employers confront and to examine recent moves from collective to more individualistic relationships.

Integrated Business Research Project (Optional)
40 credits

The format of the practice-led Integrated Business Research Project will vary, dependent on the discipline you are studying or degree pathway you are on. This is a negotiated project, the topic of which need to be agreed with the course team. The project also has to adhere to the framework of ethical approval applied within the business school in the year of study.

Examples of formats include (but are not limited to): integrated case study (accounting; economics and HR); business start-up project (entrepreneurship); consultancy project (management, marketing); organisational improvement project (management); on-placement and post-placement project (all); and, dissertation.

Course Structure

You will experience a variety of teaching methods, ranging from a traditional lecture to a workshop, enabling you to lead a group discussion and improve your confidence. You will also attend seminars, where you explore more in-depth topics.

Our modules are delivered using a range of interactive IT interventions, which add a further element of fun and interaction to the learning process.

Each of the modules you study will be supported by Moodle, our virtual learning environment. Here you will find an outline of your modules, the assessments they entail and additional material that’ll help your subject understanding.

Assessment will vary from exams, to presentations, reports and posters.

Tips and Visits

During your second year, you will be able to take part in an international field trip, taking what you have studied and apply it to a global organisation. In 2016, students visited the EU Parliament in Brussels, gaining valuable first-hand experience of an established international organisation.

Company visits will also take place in each year of study and in recent years, students have visited businesses such as Cadbury World, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover.

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

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  This allows successful students of the BA (Hons) Business and HRM degree to upgrade their Student Membership to that of Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Assoc CIPD).

Overseas Opportunities

You can also gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Students have spent a term at a number of incredible institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

Further Study

Birmingham City Business School has mapped the learning outcomes of the CIPD Intermediate Level Diploma against the BA (Hons) HRM degree. This provides all students who successfully complete the degree programme the chance to upgrade to associate professional membership of the CIPD.

Students can also go onto study on Master’s courses in International HRM, Management Consultancy and various routes in Management.

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 employability skills

Graduates will have the courage, confidence and enterprising spirit to make a valued contribution within their workplace.

They are encouraged to take part in the University’s comprehensive Graduate + programme, engage with the regular guest lectures by leading industry figures and attend CIPD events.


You will have access to placement opportunities through the Placement Office. In previous years, students have undertaken placements with established companies such as Hewlett Packard, Audi and Bosch.

More about our placement opportunities...


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.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

There are many employment opportunities once you graduate, from recruitment consultants to customer services advisors to HR assistants. Our graduates work in all these roles at companies like National Express, Warwickshire County Council, West Bromwich Building Society and Network Group.

Our course sets up our graduates for high-flying careers and the ability to become part of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – which is exactly what Jenny Ladbrooke did.

She continued her professional development and got her first role as a human resources officer. Since then she’s worked as human resources director for a huge blue chip company and travelled all over the world with her work. She now spends her time working in the third sector helping people get back into work.

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:

Our international students

Carina Matyssek came to us from Germany and is now doing an MA funded by a large, multinational organisation. This means she can work full-time in human resources, while gaining her MA degree.

Our accreditation from CIPD also attracts international students because it shows we have recognised high standards and gives our students the option to gain membership.

We’ve been told that our role-play workshops give international students the chance to practice their language skills in a work environment, and they get to quiz our expert visitors one-on-one to see what actually happens in a UK company.

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 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:  

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Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

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

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is 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

Sukhwinder Salh

Senior Lecturer

Sukhwinder Salh teaches on a number of the undergraduate courses within the business school. Her teaching practice is informed not only from her academic knowledge but also her experience as a HR practitioner, where she worked in a range of industries including finance, retail, not for profit and public sector. 

Margarita Nyfoudi Profile Picture July 2016

Dr Margarita Nyfoudi

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management; Associate Director BA (Hons) in Business and HRM

Margarita Nyfoudi's general field of study is human resource management, while her area of specialisation falls between leadership and learning. Margarita's research interests lie in the individual, team level and cross level characteristics that influence the effectiveness of the core management processes.

Matt Jones

Senior Lecturer in HRM / Course Director for BA (Hons) Management and Leadership / Associate Course Director for BA (Hons) Business & Management

Matt Jones is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City Business School. Matt teaches on a number of degree courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels., and is also the Course Director for BA (Hons) Management and Leadership Top-up.

UK prospective students:

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+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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