Human Resource Management BSc (Hons)

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  • Entry Requirements:
    A Level: CCC | BTEC Unref: DDD | BTEC Ref: DMM | GCSE C/4 in English and C/4 Maths

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • 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)
    N600
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A-levels (2019 entry)
    ABB - BBB
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDD
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    32 points overall with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths.
  • Further requirements
    GCSE: 5 GCSEs at C or above, including Maths Grade C/4 and above and English Language OR English Literature Grade C/4
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93% Overall Satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2018)

Five years after graduating, employed Aston business graduates earn an average of £35,900 (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO), 2018)

TEF Gold Award for teaching quality (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017)

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.

Entry requirements and fees for 2019

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: ABB - BBB 
IB: 32 points overall in the IB diploma with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and maths at Standard level.
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements: 
5 GCSEs grades A*- C 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.

UCAS applicants who select this course as their Firm choice may be eligible for a lower offer. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.
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).

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,250 (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (2019/20). More on fees

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.

 

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 
  • Virtual Business Simulation 
  • 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
  • Contemporary Issues in HRM 
Learning, teaching and assessment

Teaching

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

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
Email: s.bhattacharya1@aston.ac.uk

Professional accreditations and exemptions

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.

Exemptions are also available from:

  • 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.

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.

What's it like to study at Aston?

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
Specialist HR Recruitment Consultant, Reed
What's it like to study at Aston?

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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