Our Human Resource Management degree equips you with the tools you need to develop the high-performing personnel and innovative teams demanded by business.
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 not only to gain the building blocks of knowledge and understanding but also a high degree of professional competence in the field of people management and development.
The course is aligned to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (accreditation subject to approval), demonstrating the high quality provision of our course. You will keep up-to-date with the latest issues and innovations 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.
You will develop your skills through real projects, field trips and interactive workshops. This work-integrated approach to learning means that 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 prepared for a successful career from the moment you graduate.
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).
Our next University-wide Open Day will take place on Saturday 17 June 2017. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|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.|
|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.|
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/Non-EU (International) Qualifications||Requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
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.
From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2017||FT||3 Years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2017||SW||4 Years||£9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year)||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2017||PT||TBC||£1,542 per 20-credit module|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2017||FT||3 Years||£12,000 per year|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2017||SW||4 Years||£12,000 per year (excluding sandwich year)|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
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.
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.
There are three ways to apply:
You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
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.
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.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
The personal statement 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:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
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.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
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.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
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.
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
You will prepare basic budgets based on standard cost calculations, as well as create basic extracts from financial statements.
Contemporary HR for Managers
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:
The Contemporary Global Manager
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
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
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Our students come from around the world but our business and human resources course is most popular with international students from:
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
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.
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.