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Course starts: 14 September 2020Apply now
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Course starts: 14 September 2020Apply now
This course focuses on the professional skills and knowledge identified by the CIPD. Study full-time and choose an optional years' placement (applied route).
Compared to our core Business and Management course, there is a greater focus on the skills and knowledge needed for the Human Resources function in modern organisations.
Sunderland is one of the first universities in the UK to introduce employability modules across all years of an undergraduate degree. These help you strengthen the six key attributes of being capable, enquiring, creative, enterprising, ethical and global in outlook.
We look forward to meeting you when you join us in September 2020.
This year we will be delivering a hybrid model of teaching and learning which combines face-to-face and online teaching, to ensure that you can undertake your course with us and keep safe.
Your experience will include an induction where you will be meet various staff early on, including our Head of School, Chair of the Undergraduate Programme Studies Board and your Programme Leader. During induction we will discuss Personal Tutoring and we will schedule a 1:1 with you as soon as possible.
The course will include weekly face-to-face module session time alongside students within your tutorial group, online module sessions and online guest lectures, practitioner talks and skills-based activities relevant to your course.
Online activities will be captured for you to revisit. Our software will allow you to ask questions and contribute to debates even when working online. We will continue to review the position on social-distancing and as the conditions develop will adapt our approach accordingly.
Throughout the course the focus is on innovative teaching and learning by doing and reflecting.
One technique is problem-based learning, where you’ll work within a small team to explore issues or decide how to manage a situation. This helps you to dissect, challenge and debate issues. Other learning techniques include company visits, guest speakers and cutting-edge e-learning technologies. These are in addition to a combination of lectures, seminars, debates, tutorials and workshops.
Your progress will be assessed with coursework, case studies, business simulations, presentations, reports, essays, tests and time-constrained assessments.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is
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We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Sunderland is one of the first universities in the UK to introduce employability modules across all years of an undergraduate degree. The modules complement 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.
HR officers are always in demand. The average salary of a HR officer is between £18,000 and £25,000 and HR managers can earn between £25,000 and £50,000 a year or more (source: National Careers Service). CIPD-accredited qualifications can significantly enhance your career opportunities.
As part of the course, you’ll take three employability modules specifically designed for self-development. The modules are: ‘Employability Skills’, ‘Developing Career Prospects’ and ‘Applying Critical Reflective Practice’, all of which will complement your learning and increase your employability.
Examples of companies that have recruited Business students from Sunderland include Facebook, Bloomberg, Microsoft, Sage, HSBC, IBM, Enterprise, Nissan, Accenture, Procter & Gamble, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, Viacom 18, PricewaterCoopers and Adidas.
To further enhance employability we encourage you to undertake a 48-week paid placement between your second and final year. It effectively becomes a third year of a four-year course. You will earn an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on your location.
The University supports student-led initiatives that help you gain practical experience of management. The Business Student Society organises events and guest speakers, as well as attending tours of various companies. With its professional approach, it’s a great way to put into practice the lessons about how to make organisations function effectively. There is something for every student who is studying a subject related to business.
A top-up entry option is available to you if you have already successfully completed a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Foundation degree and wish to progress onto the final year of the Honours degree course. Topping up your existing HND or Foundation Degree will take one year of full-time study and may open up future career options to you depending on your chosen career path.
Contact us to find out how you can get credit for your previous learning and top-up your qualification to a range of degrees.
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