Business with Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Course Information


All over the world businesses are seeking professionals with the skills, knowledge and commitment to manage one of their most valuable resources: people.

This degree programme allows you to study Human Resource Management (HRM) alongside a common core of Business modules.

The Business with Human Resource Management degree is designed for students who want to work in the fast-paced global world of private and public organisations, coordinating teams and using human resources efficiently, or perhaps establishing and running their own business.

You will develop powers of analysis, problem solving skills, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills.

The degree is validated by Lancaster University and is a modular programme which enables you to study a wide range of business related topics. Our supportive, qualified and experienced staff, together with accessible and interactive lecture/seminar formats, all help to ensure you will have a rewarding academic experience.

What will I study?

In the first year you will take a range of introductory modules designed to familiarise you with business topics. You will be introduced to Human Resources in the ‘Principles of Human Resource Management’ module and then develop further skills in this area through specialist HR focussed modules later in the programme.

These later modules include:

Understanding and Managing People; Human Resource Planning, Resourcing and Development; Human Resource Planning, Resourcing and Development; Employment Law and Human Resources Planning and Employee Relations and Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management in the final stages of the programme.

As part of your course, you will develop employability skills across all modules. In particular in the ‘Career Planning and Personal Development’ module you will begin to consider your own career and personal development. This module complements the broader skills that you’ll gain in understanding how businesses create success, how to manage business operations, how to make informed decisions and how to lead change in organisations.

In the 3rd year, if you study full-time, you have the choice of 3 optional modules. You have the option of choosing either a Business Project module, Development and Evaluation Project or a Dissertation Project at this final stage of the course.

What will I study?

• Introduction to the Business Environment
• Principles of Human Resource Management
• Understanding Organisations
• Introduction to Finance
• Business Study Skills
• Career Planning and Personal Development
• Business Environment: Economic Context
• Business Environment: Integrated Perspectives
• Information Analysis and Decision Making
• Understanding and Managing People
• Operations and Quality
• Research Methods
• Human Resource Planning, Resourcing and Development
• Employment Law
• Strategy
• Business Operations and Change
• Research Development and Planning
• Development and Evaluation Project (Optional)
• Business Project (Optional)
• Dissertation Project (Optional)
• Human Resources Planning and Employee Relations
• Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management

Entry Requirements

You'll need 200 UCAS tariff points. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you'll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Please check the International section of the website for details.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Please note: For 2017 entry the UCAS Tariff is changing and the UCAS points required to enter this programme will be different from 2016. For those joining this programme in September 2017, you will need to have 80 UCAS Tariff points. All other entry criteria (as specified above) remain in place.

If you require more information on the UCAS tariff for 2017 entry please visit:

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 6. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.


How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course you’ll be assessed by a variety of methods. These include: Individual and group assignments, Presentations, Time constraint assessments, Examinations, Professional dialogue, Academic posters and Projects.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Our graduates are knowledgeable, confident, socially aware, imaginative and enthusiastic individuals and they are actively sought after in a wide number of business related occupations and professions.

The skills gained on a business degree allow you to build commercial awareness and start contributing to your chosen employer quickly and effectively.

Jobs where your degree would be useful include: Human Resources officer, Human Resources Manager, Training Manager, Equalities Manager, Development and Workforce Planning Officer and many more.

You may also choose to progress onto a Graduate Management Scheme or postgraduate study. Many of our graduates choose to progress on to a Professional Qualification upon successful completion of the course; the most appropriate being the suite of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which are available at University Centre at Blackburn College.


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