Business and Human Resource Management BA (Hons)

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Study a course highly relevant to the workplace. Focus on skills and knowledge needed for the Human Resources function in modern organisations. Undertake a year-long placement and put your learning into practice.

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Overview

BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management is highly relevant to the workplace and it is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Compared to the core Business and Management course, it has 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.

Why us?

  • 'World-leading' research in Business, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • 92% of BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK students)
  • Places HRM in a business and management context to allow better understanding of the role of HRM within the organisation
  • Integrates both the personal and academic development of students to create highly independent actors
  • Available as a sandwich year course where you can engage in a one-year industrial placement

Course structure

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.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Essential Study and Employment Skills (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Business Operation and Services (20 credits)
  • Introduction to HRM and Talent Development (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Marketing (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Managing and Leading People (20 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 2 (national level 5):

Topics covered will include subjects such as:

  • Contemporary Developments in HR*
  • Employment Cycle*
  • Personal and Professional Development*
  • Quality Management for Organisational Excellence*
  • Business ESR*
  • Designing Learning and Development

*subject to approval

Year 3:

  • Work placement (optional)


Final year (national level 6):

Topics covered will include subjects like:

  • Exploring Equality and Diversity*
  • Contemporary Employee Relations*
  • Developing the Reflexive Practitioner*
  • International HRM*
  • Applied HR Project*
  • Managing and Leading Change*

*subject to approval

The Reg Vardy Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
Sunderland,
SR6 0DD

54.912052,-1.374524

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

    Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in an online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

    Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service.

    Library Services - business and tourism

Facilities

You'll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. It’s a modern building with great views of the River Wear, and just a few minutes’ walk from the coast.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer will be in the region of 112 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications. We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £10,750 if you are an international student

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.

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Employment

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.

Skills for employment

As part of your course, you’ll take three employability modules specifically designed for self-development. The modules are called: ‘Employability Skills’, ‘Developing Career Prospects’ and ‘Applying Critical Reflective Practice’, all of the which will complement your learning and increase your employability.

Career destinations

Examples of companies that have recruited students from Sunderland include leading names in IT (Microsoft, IBM), consumer goods (P&G, Nike, Adidas), banking (Lloyds TSB), hospitality (Marriott Hotels, Starbucks), and the public sector (NHS).

Paid placements 

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.

Student Business Society

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.

  • The University of Sunderland has helped shape the career path I’m now following.
    Helen Roffe, Business and Human Resource Management graduate

    Helen Roffe

  • There is a great connection and understanding between students and tutors.
    Piotr Klubinski, Business and Human Resource Management graduate

    Piotr Klubinski

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