Business and Human Resource Management - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
September 2016, September 2017

On our Business and Human Resource Management course, you’ll learn about the importance of motivating and managing people within a business. We teach you how to apply the theories and concepts you learn to real-life scenarios, so you can see in real terms how good human resource management can improve a business.

Graduates of this course leave with real, practical experience, and have gone on to exciting careers in a variety of companies, from Superdry to National Express.

New for 2017/18

Human Resource Management - BA (Hons)*

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. Next year’s course will also have a new name: Human Resource Management - BA (Hons). We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

*This course is subject to approval.

Summary of our new course

This BA (Hons) course teaches you about the importance of motivating and managing people within a business. Showing you the link between successful performance and the people you employ, you will develop your skills through real projects, field trips and interactive workshops. Graduates of this course leave with real, practical experience, working for companies such as Superdry and National Express.

We have professional recognition from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, demonstrating the high quality provision of our course. You will keep up-to-date with the latest issues and developments in human resources, supported by your lecturers who have experience of working with some of the biggest names in business, such as Marks & Spencer, Selfridges, Nestle and Jaguar Land Rover.

You will have the option to undertake a work placement to gain practical work experience within a business, ensuring you are ready for the real world on graduation.

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What's covered in the course?

This course will teach you everything you need to know about the link between successful business performance, management and the people you employ. You’ll get to look at how different industries operate and learn about new legislation as it is introduced. We encourage you to use your creative side to solve business issues and find innovative ways to benefit businesses.

You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in events, activities and competitions to help you develop your business skills on real projects. You’ll take part in interactive workshops where your team creates a business from scratch and deals with real scenarios you encounter in the workplace. You’ll also learn using case studies of real businesses and have the opportunity to undertake a work placement to gain real experience within a business.

You’ll stay up to date with the latest issues and developments in human resources, because our staff are linked to the industry. They’ve worked all over the world and with some huge names such as Marks & Spencer, Nestle and TSB bank.

“My experience at Birmingham City Business School has been fantastic. It holds great credibility as lecturers are from industry, therefore they are able to advise and teach by incorporating academic and practice techniques together.” Amnol Kalsi

Why Choose Us?

  • Our course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This means that we’ve achieved their worldwide benchmark of excellence. You can also receive Associate membership alongside your degree.
  • Our staff have links to many industries and businesses. This means you get fantastic placement opportunities and get to speak to people from the private and public sectors. We also get some of the world’s most important business leaders speak to our students, from winners of The Apprentice to The Chairman of Unilever.
  • 91 per cent of Birmingham City Business School students were satisfied overall with their course [Source: National Student Survey 2014].
  • This course is dedicated to giving you all the resources you need. We get in people who work in human resource management to role play real-life scenarios with you. They help you to deal with difficult business situations so that you’re fully prepared when you enter into the world of work.
  • Our staff have links to many industries and businesses. This means you get fantastic placement opportunities and get to speak to people from the private and public sectors, like law firms and the NHS.
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Our next University-wide Open Day will take place on Saturday 8 October 2016. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.

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Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.

This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Recruiting Expertise
  • Superdry

And in jobs such as:

  • Trainee Recruiter
  • HR Assistant
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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students

At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level 280 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (BBC offer made in grades). This may also include General Studies and Critical Thinking. Remaining points can be made up with AS Levels in different subjects. AS Level in the same subject of an A Level will not be accepted.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 Credits Level 3, 15 credits Level 2 including Level 2 English Language and Maths for all programmes
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 28 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.


International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Non-standard entry

The programme welcomes applications from students who have significant relevant work or life experience but who may not necessarily meet all of the published academic requirements for their chosen course. The University must be satisfied that your work or life experience is equivalent to the qualifications that other applicants will be studying. We want all of our students to succeed and will only offer a place where we believe that an applicant is capable of completing their chosen course with a strong final degree classification.

The admissions team will be pleased to discuss individual circumstances with prospective students.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
predicted DMM at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

More about unconditional offers

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
SW 4 years £12,000 per year
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

First year

In your first year you’ll learn the basics of accounting and finance, marketing, managing organisations, people and yourself. You’ll understand the economic environment and how different industries fit into this. This year is designed to give you an overview of the connections between employees and the way in which businesses operate.

Accounting and Finance
30 credits

This module provides an introduction to cost classification, cash budgeting and financial statement analysis. You’ll also look at the modern financial system and its importance to individuals and business organisations.

Marketing in Business
30 credits
Managing Organisations People and Self
30 credits

The module is designed to offer you the opportunity to develop and gain management skills and knowledge about yourself, about others and about organisations. It’s a hands-on module which seeks to relate theory to practice through a range of individual and group activities. You’ll be required to work individually, in groups and in action learning sets to critically analyse and evaluate aspects of your own and your group’s development from a management perspective.

Economic Environment
15 credits

The module provides an opportunity for you to investigate and develop an understanding of the complexity and operation of the external environments within which businesses operate. You’ll gain an understanding of how markets operate and how they’re influenced by both the businesses themselves and national governments. This includes both the competitive behaviour of businesses in the management of their markets as well as the decisions made by government agencies both from an economic perspective.

New Venture Creation
15 credits

This module is concerned with you identifying, understanding and responding to business opportunities.

Second year

This is the time you’ll dig deeper into the operations, issues and legalities of human resources in business. You’ll also get to use your imagination, knowledge and creativity to focus on entrepreneurism and problem solving.

During your second year you will also benefit from working with industry experts, taking part in role-play workshops that will help to make sure you’re ready to deal with any business situation.

HRM Resourcing and Development
30 credits
Creative Problem Solving
15 credits

This module will critically examine the subject of creativity and approaches that purport to encourage and develop creative thinking. This will be applied to the context of creativity in resolving business problems.

Business Operations and Logistics
15 credits

Business Operations and Logistics provides you with a conceptual and practical background into the understanding and evaluation of logistics and supply chain management in various organisations and their operations.

Legal Aspects of HR
15 credits
The Business Entrepreneur
15 credits

This module will investigate the factors, which underpin successful entrepreneurship activities for small and medium-sized organisations.

Contemporary Business Issues
15 credits

Contemporary Business Issues investigates the current issues that impact upon business organisations. You’ll assess the major legislative changes and their implications for business, financial markets and credit availability, corporate social responsibility and the critical changes facing key market sectors.

Contemporary Issues in HRM
15 credits

Final year

After your second year, you have the opportunity to impress employers by going on a year’s work placement. This optional year has no extra fees and looks great on your CV. You’ll apply everything you’ve learnt to placements in industries such as retail, finance and many more.

Your final year offers you flexibility, so you can really delve into those subject areas that interest you and take control of your learning. This will also help to show employers that you have a strong focus in your chosen area.

You’ll learn about international human resource management and complete a management consultancy project, dissertation, or placement project.

In the final year you undertake a choice of modules totalling 60 credits from the list below. (The modules stated as 'core' are compulsory).

International Business Strategy
30 credits

This module draws together all the core aspects of a business degree and contextualises the strategic decisions that organisations make within both rational and non-rational frameworks. The rational frameworks that the module addresses are concerned with the economic, market, finance and resources based constraints that affect this decision-making process.

HRM Relations and Reward
30 credits
Making sense of organisations
15 credits
Managing the HRM Function
15 credits
Business operations and systems
15 credits

This module encourages you to develop an in-depth understanding of the analysis and re-design of business operations and processes, and the systems that support the contribution of these core processes to the core vision of the business.

International HRM
15 credits

The modules below run across both terms. Only one can be chosen.

Business Start Up Project
30 credits
Management Consultancy Project
30 credits
30 credits

The dissertation is an opportunity for you to conduct some in-depth study in a topic that particularly interests you. It will entail extensive research and a lot of studying in your time, but you’ll also receive support from an assigned tutor.

Placement project
30 credits

The placement project provides an opportunity for a self-directed in-depth work-based study of a topic of interest from the body of knowledge appropriate to the named degree and the placement experience.

Course Structure

You’ll spend an average of 12 hours a week in lectures and seminars, as well as working on practical assignments and projects looking at real organisations. You’ll get to write business reports, give presentations and develop a portfolio of work to show to employers.

Tips and Visits

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in many different activities off-campus. We’ll support you to team up and enter global competitions as part of your course and our Leadership Challenge and Employability Challenge week.

Students such as Jacqueline Maya have taken part in Birmingham’s Uprising Leadership Programme to support social action projects across the community.

Another student, Jaspreet Singh, made it to the finals of the Capgemini Super Techies UK competition. The teams had to design and discuss a digital strategy and how the company can use digital technology. They presented their ideas to an expert panel at the Capgemini headquarters in London.

“The trip has improved our skills on developing creative and feasible business solutions,” Jaspreet said. “It also provided us with a great opportunity to develop professional networks.”

Local opportunities include our Leadership Challenge, which sees students boost their skills with briefs from established, real-life companies. You could help to improve big local brands through a ‘Birmingham Made Me’ project or even take on paid project work.

You’ll also have the chance to get involved with the nationwide Uni Popshop challenge. Recently, a tram of Birmingham City Business School students went to London’s bustling Spitalfields Market to trade goods for a social enterprise project. Students attend every year and have the chance to win great prizes, as well as learn valuable skills.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  This allows successful students of the BA (Hons) Business and HRM degree to upgrade their Student Membership to that of Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Assoc CIPD).

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

When you finish the course, you can continue becoming an expert in the field and go on to get an MA on CIPD accredited courses, such as Human Resource Management or International Human Resource Management.

If you decide you’d like to study and specialise further, you could go on to study for a CIPD accredited Masters such as Human Resource Management or International Human Resource Management, both of which are offered at the University.

Student stories Carina Matyssek

HR Department of a Major Bank in Frankfurt

Carina came to Birmingham City University from Germany. Before she started her degree, she took an internship in the HR department of a major bank in Frankfurt, Germany where she discovered her love of the subject. She applied for Business and HR Management as it combined her passion for the subject with a degree she knew employers would take seriously.

I am very impressed and satisfied with the support from the staff. I have received a great amount of support concerning course-related questions as well as help with my CV, cover letters and preparations for job interviews. I am given the feeling that the staff care about me and are truly happy for me when I receive good feedback from employers.

Enhancing employability skills

On this course you’ll develop your understanding of different environments and the internal structure of businesses, alongside key skills you’ll need to get work once you graduate.

As we encourage you to constantly put your skills to the test and apply theory to real-life scenarios, you’ll get to flex your knowledge on a number of projects. Your degree is also mapped out to the CIM industry standards to give you a head start in your career.

Think Share Create is an interactive workshop giving you the opportunity to meet experts in the field and network with like-minded people. You get to create a business idea from scratch collaborating with industry professionals and impressing them with your ideas, skills and knowledge.

Jade Morgan-Squire put her course knowledge to the test during Bizzbeats – an event to create music to sell and raise money for charity. She said: “I would definitely recommend this to people as it helps with your leadership skills and people as skills as you have to work together to make the piece of music –and it’s really fun to do.”


As part of this course you’ll have the opportunity to complete a paid placement year in between your second and final year of study. This means you get structured and supported hands-on work experience before starting your career, with no extra fees.

The placement year is an opportunity to gain a real understanding of how the business world operates and put everything you’ve learnt into practice. It gives you a great advantage when it comes to job hunting because you’ll already have a year’s experience in the industry.

Our Placements Office will also support you in finding shorter term placements while you study. Many students take these on as part of their final project to support their dissertation. It gives you the experience of working in the industry but without having to take a year out of your studies.

More about our placement opportunities...


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

There are many employment opportunities once you graduate, from recruitment consultants to customer services advisors to HR assistants. Our graduates work in all these roles at companies like National Express, Warwickshire County Council, West Bromwich Building Society and Network Group.

Our course sets up our graduates for high-flying careers and the ability to become part of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – which is exactly what Jenny Ladbrooke did.

She continued her professional development and got her first role as a human resources officer. Since then she’s worked as human resources director for a huge blue chip company and travelled all over the world with her work. She now spends her time working in the third sector helping people get back into work.

Parliamentors - Jaspreet SinghExpert mentoring

You'll have the chance to take part in a UN Award winning leadership programme, ParliaMentors where teams of university students of different faiths and non-religious beliefs collaborate to create real social change while being mentored by a local MP. Through expert-led training, ParliaMentors gives you the networks and skills you need to affect real change in your community and your career.

Jaspreet Singh spoke at the House of Lords when he got involved in ParliaMentors in his third year, contributing to a debate on the subject of 'How to increase diversity in Parliament'.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Our international students

Carina Matyssek came to us from Germany and is now doing an MA funded by a large, multinational organisation. This means she can work full-time in human resources, while gaining her MA degree.

Our accreditation from CIPD also attracts international students because it shows we have recognised high standards and gives our students the option to gain membership.

We’ve been told that our role-play workshops give international students the chance to practice their language skills in a work environment, and they get to quiz our expert visitors one-on-one to see what actually happens in a UK company.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our business and human resources course is most popular with international students from:  

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295