Human Resources and Business Management BSc

The BSc Human Resources and Business Management course draws on psychology, human resources and general management theory to develop insight into the world of work, preparing students with key skills in communication, negotiation and effective decision-making.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)

Duration

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-UK/EU students

UCAS code(s)

N600

Start date

Overview
Explore Human Resources and Business Management at Aston University

Ellie Hayter | BSc Human Resource Management

Ellie talks about her experience at Aston so far

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"The most important thing I have learned is to have confidence in my ability to take on any challenge and do my best to succeed. Having supportive lecturers who never refuse my many questions, a degree that has engaging and interesting modules each year, and such great support from my fellow course mates has meant that I have flourished while at Aston."

Eleanor Hayter

BSc Human Resource Management 

 

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"The most important thing I have learned is to have confidence in my ability to take on any challenge and do my best to succeed. Having supportive lecturers who never refuse my many questions, a degree that has engaging and interesting modules each year, and such great support from my fellow course mates has meant that I have flourished while at Aston."

Eleanor Hayter

BSc Human Resource Management 

 

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Course outline and modules

The course prepares students to apply their knowledge of individual attitudes and behaviours to organisational issues like productivity, employee engagement, workplace wellbeing, leadership and strategy. The successful completion of the course also provides you with an Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), making you more attractive to employers.

The BSc in Human Resources and Business Management gives you the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge of factors such as motivation, commitment and emotions at work, which can then be applied to wider business management issues including productivity, work engagement and leadership. The BSc in Human Resources and Business Management is fully accredited by the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development) giving it additional standing as it is nationally recognised by the employers. 

What you’ll learn

During your studies you will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through your placement. You will develop a deeper understanding of psychological mechanisms that play a role in decision-making and team work, as well as how leaders can strategically bring about change processes, and why individual employees play an important role in organisational productivity. Your placement will also help you to develop key skills in decision-making, negotiation and communicating effectively.

In the first year, you will develop an understanding of the historical context within which work has developed and changed in the last century. This will equip you with an appreciation of how information technology and globalisation have altered business structures. You will also develop knowledge of key elements of business management such as economics, marketing, law and accounting.

The second year shifts focus to a deeper understanding of the issues around individual attitudes and behaviours. You will study modules on ‘Creativity in Organisations’ and the ‘Psychology of Work’, alongside continuing to develop knowledge of the wider business management issues through modules including ‘Employee Resourcing’ and ‘Digital Marketing’. In addition, you will develop skills such as data analysis, contributing to your decision-making and negotiation acumen.

At the end of your second year you begin your placement year, where you will have an opportunity to practice and apply the knowledge and skills you have so far developed.

The final year brings all of your learning together with a study of strategy and management, where the combination of human resources and business management takes focus through modules such as ‘Strategic HR and Leadership’.

You will develop specialised knowledge of employment law and the skills to use evidence to make persuasive arguments. You will draw on your placement experiences to make sense of critical HR issues like productivity, work engagement, burnout and stress at work. All this will prepare you to start either a specialised career in HR or a more general management role within organisations across a range of different sectors. On successful completion of your degree you will be able to apply for Associate CIPD membership.

Two undergraduate degrees

This course offers an Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway, meaning you could study overseas at one of our partner institutions during your placement year and graduate with two undergraduate degrees for the price of one. Find out more about the Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway here.

Professional accreditation

Associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is open to Human Resource Management graduates. Graduates may be able to claim exemptions from a number of CIPD professional examinations.

 

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Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

 

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Foundation programme

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in business will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey. We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes.

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies, in order to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020 at universities with a track record of compliance with immigration policy. Find out more.

Modules

Year 1

In your first year you will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree. 

The core modules are:

  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Skills for HRM
  • Law for Business
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • An Introduction to Business Economics
Year 2

From your second year, you will begin to specialise in human resource management issues. You will also develop theoretical knowledge to consider the ways in which people behave and contribute to organisations. The core modules are:

  • Employee Resourcing 
  • Psychology and Work
  • Fundamental Strategy 
  • Digital Marketing
  • Effective Teamwork
  • Developing Creativity 
  • Business, Government and Society 
  • Solving HR issues 
Year 3

You will spend this year in a professional placement or you may choose to take up an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. The placement year is compulsory for all UK and EU students.

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year 

You will explore how organisations relate to their wider context from both a socio-psychological and socio-economic perspective. In particular you will examine how changes in the external environment (social, financial, competitive and legislative) relate to the processes of management. The core modules are:

  • Strategic HRM 
  • Employment Law for HRM 
  • Employee Relations 
  • Learning and Development 
  • Global Working
  • Strategic Management 
  • Theory and Practice of Leadership
  • Critical Issues in Human Resource Management

Entry requirements

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-UK/EU students

UCAS Code: N600

Typical offers:

A Levels

BBB – standard offer

BBC (with EPQ or Core maths minimum grade B)

BCC (contextual offer)*

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

IB

31 points overall in the IB diploma with 5,5,5 at HL. 

BTEC, Access & other

BTEC Extended Diploma DDD - standard offer

BTEC Extended Diploma DDM - (contextual offer)*

We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

Further requirements

5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:

GCSE Maths – grade C/4

GCSE English Language OR English Literature – grade C/4

Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

 

View our Admissions Policy.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

International students can enter at Year 2 of this course having completed the International Year One programme at the required academic level with NCUK.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Our close links to industry and our focus on delivering practical business experiences provide a blend of learning to equip you for your future career.

Learning and teaching

You will encounter a range of teaching methods on our Human Resources and Business Management BSc at Aston, including lectures, tutorials, group working and case studies, as well as individual and group presentations.

Traditional teaching is enhanced by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

You will benefit from being taught by staff who are involved in research in this subject area.

We pride ourselves on our teaching, which has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for teaching quality – the highest possible accolade and the benchmark by which the government evaluates the quality of university teaching.

Assessment

You will undertake a mix of coursework, examinations, online tests, presentations and group work.

Personal development

One of the key outcomes of engaging with this degree is that you develop a more considered, confident sense of self. The degree tests your ability to communicate professionally, articulate ideas and write effectively – all transferable and practical skills you will need to engage in your chosen career path. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. This experience will develop your teamworking and negotiating skills.

The integrated placement year gives you genuine, practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics, which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

Placement year

The integrated placement year gives you the genuine, practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics, which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

This course offers a Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £15,600

During placement year: £2,500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

This course provides you with an in-depth knowledge of individual attitudes and behaviours at work, which is essential to understand and solve wider business management issues such leadership, developing strategy for organisational change, increasing productivity and work engagement.

Further, the CIPD accreditation signals to potential employers that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to link understanding of individual attitudes and behaviours to wider organisational issues. This prepares you to take a flexible approach to developing your career trajectory.

You can choose a Human Resources specialisation path or you can opt for a more generalist role in business management.  During your placement year, you will also be able to develop your learning and showcase your skills, helping you to accelerate your employability through work experience.

Recent graduates

Our Human Resources and Business Management graduates are in demand from a wide range of organisations that require managers who understand the human side of enterprise. Graduates have gained employment in a variety of positions, including:

  • Medical HR Assistant
  • Talent Analyst
  • HR Consultant
  • Human Resource Management Coordinator
  • Business Analyst
  • Graduate Audit Assistant.

 

Graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Great Ormond Street Hospital, Hilton Worldwide, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd, BMW, Deutsche Bank and KPMG.

 

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"My placement confirmed that I wanted to pursue a career in HR and gave me an insight into the types of activities I may be involved in throughout my career. It also enabled me to learn from people in my profession and establish a strong network of HR contacts. I don’t think I’d have earned a place on the Reed graduate scheme without this exposure."

Lucy Albon

Group HR Advisor at TP Group plc

Frequently asked questions

Why study human resources and business management at Aston Business School?

Across the four years of study and the opportunity to practice in a workplace through the placement, you will develop a deeper understanding of psychological mechanisms that play a role in decision making and teamwork, as well as how leaders can strategically bring about change processes, and why individual employees play an important role in organisational productivity. The BSc in Human Resources and Business Management at Aston is fully accredited by the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development) giving it additional standing as it is nationally recognised by the employers. 

Is a placement useful in human resources and business management?

Your placement year helps to demonstrate to employers that you are able to transfer your knowledge to a real-world environment. There are opportunities to study abroad as well as undertake a double degree through studying at one of our international partner universities.

What kind of jobs does a degree in Human Resources and Business Management lead to?

You’ll be prepared for a breadth of career paths in any organisation that needs managers who understand the human side of enterprise. Recent graduates have gone on to work in roles such as HR Consultant, Business Analyst and Talent Analyst in companies such as Great Ormond Street Hospital, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd, Deutsche Bank and KPMG.

Why Aston Business School?

Aston Business School is amongst the top 1 per cent of business schools in the world to have triple accreditation. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rates us Gold, and we are first in the UK for Value Added, comparing our students’ entry grades with their final degree result, showing the quality of our teaching (Aston University, Guardian University Guide, 2020). All of this means we really value your learning experience and the skills you develop and demonstrate as part of your course.

What is the Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway at Aston Business School?

You can deepen your learning and stand out from other graduates whilst gaining a fantastic learning experience overseas. The Exchange Partnership Second Degree Pathway is similar to an exchange programme, but during your placement year you’ll follow a particular curriculum, setting you on track for our partner institution’s degree award. This means, if successful, you will graduate with two undergraduate degrees. Find out more here.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.

 

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