Human Resources and Business Management BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
  • Course type
  • Duration
    4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for international students
  • Course options
    Placement year (UK/abroad)
  • UCAS code(s)
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A-levels (2020 entry)
    BBB-BCC (depending on EPQ, Core Maths or Contextual offer)*
  • BTEC extended diploma
    from DDD to DDM (contextual offer)*
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    31 Points overall and above with 5,5,5 at Higher Level
  • Further requirements
    GCSE: 5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include: Maths Grade C/4 and above and English Language OR English Literature Grade C/4
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Course summary

This degree examines the role of the individual in an organisation as well as aspects of organisational structure, culture and change that will prepare you for a successful career in HR. Our graduates go on to work at companies such as Aston Martin Lagonda, Mercer and BMW. 

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

This course was previously named Human Resource Management BSc.

Entry requirements and fees

Entry requirements 

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

UCAS Code: N600

Typical offers:
A Levels: BBB – standard offer
BBC (with EPQ or Core maths minimum grade B)
BCC (Contextual offer)*

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.

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.

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,600* (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (2020/21). More on fees

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.

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 requirements:

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.


Course outline

Understanding the human side of organisations is central to their performance and effectiveness. As organisations change, grow, divide, develop and operate internationally, professional knowledge of the part played by their people is essential at both operational and board levels.

Our degree course considers how people, processes and structures interrelate. It focuses on the crucial part played by individuals and groups in organisation processes, such as decision making, planning and managing new technology. You will develop an appreciation of the central importance of human resource strategies for all organisations.

Subject guide and modules

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
Learning, teaching and assessment


You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. 

Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials. 
For example all business students undertake the Business Game module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of internal employers.


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Course Director

Sudeshna Bhattacharya

Phone:+44(0)121 204 3727

Professional accreditations and exemptions

This programme may also lead to accreditation or exemptions from the following professional bodies:

  • 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.
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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. 

Placement year

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills.  

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. 

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer.

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


Study or work in another country

The University has secured Erasmus+ mobility funding for students going on placement during the academic year 2019/20.  For students planning their placement in the academic year 2020/21, Erasmus+ mobility funding will be dependent on the Exit date and whether a Withdrawal deal is agreed. The University’s Brexit information page is regularly being updated and will have the latest information.  

Career prospects

Human Resource Management graduates are in demand from a wide range of organisations that are in need of 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, Busienss Analyst and Graduate Audit Assistant at companies such as Great Ormond Street Hospital, Hilton Worldwide, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd, BMW, Deutsche Bank and KPMG.

"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

"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."

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