Business and Human Resource Management with Integrated Foundation Year BA (Hons)

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This is a four-year version of our popular BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management course, with an integrated foundation year. 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 with Integrated Foundation Year is highly relevant to the workplace. 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.

The course has a range of employability modules across all years which help you strengthen the six key attributes of being capable, enquiring, creative, enterprising, ethical and global in outlook.

Upcoming start dates
13 December 2018
16 September 2019

Why us?

  • 'World-leading' research in Business, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Provides a critical examination of contemporary, global HRM thought and practice
  • BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • 93.4% of our graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
  • Available as a sandwich year course where you can engage in a one year industrial placement
  • 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
  • We are a University that is nationally recognised for supporting learners particularly from non-traditional backgrounds and many students come to us with no formal qualifications but with valuable work experience
  • Our Business courses were ranked 3rd overall in the UK in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey
  • Our Business courses were ranked 4th in the UK for Assessment and, 2nd in the UK for Retention and Progression, and 3rd in the UK for Employability in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey

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.

Foundation Year

The Business and Tourism Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules: 

  • Essential Study Skills (20 credits)
  • Maths (20 credits)
  • Foundation module (40 credits)
  • Project (20 credits)
  • Subject Specialism (20 credits)

 

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

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)

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

The Integrated Foundation Year is specially designed to support you where you have just missed the grades required for direct entry onto a three-year degree, or if you have relevant work experience and are now looking to broaden your subject knowledge but want more time to develop study skills before starting your degree.

Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are perhaps a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.

Eligible entry qualifications:

1. Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent ), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent)
OR
2. Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.

If you are unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us!

** If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have not achieved a grade C in Maths and English we may be able to work with you to ensure that you are able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.

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

For more information about Integrated Foundation Year programmes, including more detailed module information, please see our Help and Advice articles.

Fees and finance

If you join us in December 2018, the foundation year will be £4,000.

If you join us in September 2019, the foundation year will be £4,500.

For the following three years, the annual fee will be £9,250 but you will receive £1,250 cash-back in the first and final year of the full-undergraduate course.

In addition, you may receive free travel across the Tyne and Wear region and a University of Sunderland StudyPLUS Card loaded with additional offers up to the value of £200, plus a bundle of study skills books worth £80.

If you are a full-time UK student you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fee and maintenance loan for the full four years.

Please note, this course is not available to international students.

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.

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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 third and final year. It effectively becomes a fourth year of a five-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.

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