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University of Gloucestershire

Business & Management (Human Resource Management) BA (Hons)

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3 Years
Oxstalls, Gloucester

What is Business & Management (Human Resource Management) BA (Hons)?

People are the most important asset of any business. The effective management of Human Resources is key to an organisation’s success. Core Human Resource Management (HRM) functions, which include hiring, training and developing employees, are a component of all organisations. People are managed by line managers, and HRM specialists support and guide that management.

In your first year, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to manage and lead in a variety of organisational settings. You will be introduced to theories of management approaches and leadership styles designed to promote a culture of mutual trust, respect, and support within the workplace.  In the second year, you will study the theoretical foundations of HRM, balanced with the practical application of a variety of topics including the ‘Employment Life Cycle’ (e.g. how to attract suitable candidates through to options for career development). Successful completion of all three HRM-specific modules allows students to join the prestigious professional body for HRM in the UK, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), as an Associate Member (this is an entry level job requirement for HR roles). You will also benefit from studying alongside other professional students who are currently working in HR roles which will give you invaluable insights into a career as an HR manager.  In your final year you will develop further understanding of strategic HRM and gain a Level 5 qualification in managing equality, diversity, and inclusion from the Chartered Management Institute (of benefit for a general management or a specialist HR career).

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), all our Business and Management degrees ensure you develop essential skills, knowledge and experience whilst completing a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management as part of your studies. This means potential employers will be confident that you are ‘career ready’ to do anything from working for a multinational corporation to starting and running your own business.

You will also have the option to choose a year-long placement in industry.

Study style

The following themes underpin our approach to teaching and learning through:

  • authentic in-class challenges that engage you with real businesses and develop your ongoing personal and professional development
  • active learning designed to engage you in a range of learning activities, in addition to lectures, tutorials, seminars, and group exercises, making full use of real-live case challenges, industry guest lectures, live projects, and business pitches.
  • the use of a range of learning enhancement digital technologies; a blended online and face-to-face approach to teaching is designed to maximize your opportunities for learning.
  • computer-based simulations that model real-life situations, enabling you to apply your knowledge, adapt to changing scenarios, and to think out-of-the-box in dealing with simulation examples.
  • lecturers with business practitioner experience to add ‘colour’ to explaining business concepts in sessions.
  • the “sustainability” theme that is embedded within modules across every level, that requires you to think about broader issues that relate to communities and the environment.
  • assessments that are related to real work performed in business.

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Entry requirements

    • 104 UCAS tariff points, BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Sep 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester N105 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Oxstalls, Gloucester N105 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply**

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UoG’s employer directory has over 4,500 placement organisations offering placements to our students in a wide range of businesses from small local enterprises to large multinational corporations.

We work very closely with the Growth Hub and other organisations to promote the local economy offering specialist business support for start-up businesses to grow and thrive. This hands-on experience is invaluable in preparing our graduates for a multitude of roles in the business sector.

Our graduates are well-equipped to embark on various career paths such as general management trainees, human resource management trainees, operations management trainees, or recruitment consultants.

Industry ready graduates

This course is Chartered Management Institute (CMI) commended for content and structure of course…

“the University of Gloucestershire Business and Management degree is one of the strongest undergraduate programmes I have seen in terms of content and structure. Your graduates will definitely be industry ready”

Gain valuable career insights

Gain associative membership status of CIPD and study alongside Human Resource Managers to gain valuable career insights

Industry-led curriculum

Our innovative new industry-led curriculum uses a challenge-based and live project approach to your learning through our extensive connections with local, national and international companies.

ThreeSixty student consultancy

Students on this course will have the chance to get involved with our new student consultancy, ThreeSixty. Based at our state-of-the-art School of Business, you’ll get the opportunity to develop your graduate competencies and attributes by working with business, third sector and individuals on a consultancy basis, solving their challenges.

Trips and experiences

Opportunities for international placements and study.

Business students have recently been to New York, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Kuala Lumpa.


You will also have the option to choose a year-long placement in industry. Examples of just a few of the renowned companies our students have worked for include Warner Media, IBM, Panasonic, GE Capital, GE Aviation, John Lewis and Partners and British Airways.

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