Business and Human Resource Management BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (5 years)

Cambridge

January 2017, September 2017

Overview

Imagine two companies providing exactly the same service to precisely the same standard. They’re identical in every conceivable way, except one; the people. Businesses can’t exist without their people. Study business and human resource management with us and learn how to help businesses prosper - through their staff.

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Careers

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People are essential in every industry and business sector, and our BSc (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management is a basis for a wide range of careers. You’ll graduate with both the theoretical and practical skills to go into a role in human resources.

You might choose to enhance your education and career prospects further still by taking a postgraduate degree, such as our MA Human Resource Management.

We have strong links with industry and are a trusted partner of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

We regularly host employer visits and speakers. We also organise business events designed to enhance your knowledge of the job market and give you opportunities to meet and speak with employers.

Through our Business School Intern programme, around 35 students each year get exclusive training and development, a business mentor, work experience, and a reference from the Dean.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

  • Academic Skills
    On this module, you'll learn a range of skills required to function effectively as an independent self-learner. You'll develop both practical and academic skills that are essential for you to be successful in your chosen business undergraduate degree. The module will equip you with skills that can be used in modules throughout your chosen degree. The focus of the module includes: the use of information technology and associated software packages, presentation skills, problem-solving, both individually and in teams, critical analysis, critical writing and referencing.
  • Economics for Managers
    This module introduces you to the fundamentals of economics and focuses on applying key economic insights to business and management. First, the module focuses on microeconomics - the decisions and behaviour of individuals and firms. The economic principles underlying the determination of price and output, firm costs, industrial structure and market failures are outlined. Next, the module focuses on macroeconomics - the economy at national and international levels - and its impacts on business behaviour. You’ll learn how the key macroeconomic variables (inflation, unemployment, and so on) influence business activity and government macroeconomic policy.
  • Global Business Environment
    The contemporary global business environment is full of risks and opportunities. This module explores the importance of those risks and opportunities for the decisions that companies make. You will explore the legal, ecological, political, economic, and technological factors that shape business decisions. Attention will also be paid to the competitive environment and how this interacts with globalisation, and technological and social change to create complex strategic options. The importance of country attractiveness and contemporary trends in the global economy will also be considered. Assessment is by group discussion, individual research blog, and an essay.
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
    This module aims to give you a sound grasp of the basics of financial reporting (context, purposes, and regulatory framework) through introducing the principal concepts of financial accounting. The preparation of principal financial statements will also be explored. This module is also designed to introduce you to key management accounting skills necessary to support decision-making.
  • Introduction to Organisations and Management
    Management in practice is about supporting people to work effectively in different organisational contexts. Regardless of your technical area, type of organisation or job position, you will need to manage your relationships with colleagues, managers, subordinates and customers. This module will equip you with knowledge and skills to help you understand how people and organisations function at individual, group and organisational levels based on the latest academic evidence.
  • Principles of Marketing
    This module will present you with a foundation in the core theories and models of marketing, from a bottom-up perspective. The module will instil in you an understanding of how marketing operates as a key functional area within business and how it critically interacts with other areas such as accountancy, human resource management and business management throughout all business sectors.
  • Business Analytics
    The module begins by reviewing various techniques for collecting and presenting data. Some important measures and techniques for making sense of raw data are then introduced which are widely used by businesses when analysing both their internal and external environments. This module builds on the introduction to spreadsheet packages previously encountered in semester one where you’ll be helped to develop further hands-on skills in using such packages in computer workshops. Careful attention is also paid throughout the module to the interpretation and application of the various quantitative methods and techniques to the solution of real-world business problems. Innovative video software is used to support you throughout the module.

Level 5 modules

  • Business Law
    This fascinating module will give you an insight and appreciation of the various ways in which the law impacts on the domestic and international business environment. The module will provide a foundation across a broad range of legal issues which you’ll then have the opportunity to develop further by taking specialised law modules in your subsequent studies. The module focuses on the nature and sources of business law, on contract law with regard to both goods and services and on the law of tort, in particular, negligence and vicarious liability. There’ll also be a brief focus on the type of corporate structures and employment relationships that exist in the UK.
  • Business Research Methods
    This core module introduces you to the various methods of undertaking business research - vital tools for anyone hoping to pursue a career in business. The module covers a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. It’s a practical module informed by theory and real-life examples, which’ll help you to explore the philosophical debates underlying business and management research and consider how they relate to our understanding of knowledge and business practice. You’ll be encouraged to develop your ability to critically assess both the theory and practice of business and management research and to reflect on your own learning and development. This module will help you think about a final project and give you confidence in using research methods.
  • Developing HR Professional Practice and Using Information
    A sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours of individuals in the workplace is needed by Human Resource professionals, whether in generalist or specialist roles in an organisation. This insightful and interesting module will provide you with the basic tools with which to obtain information relating to the working people who form the heart of organisations. It also enables you to learn about your own strengths as well as identifying a continuing professional development plan based on the capabilities required for ethical, business-focused and interpersonal professional conduct.
  • Human Resources Management in Context
    Human Resource professionals need to understand key developments in the business and external contexts within which HR operates. This module enables you to identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations and to assess the impact of these factors on the HR function. The module will allow you to consider tools identified in business models and evaluate their use when applied to the operation of HR policies. It’ll consider the ideas surrounding the foundations of personnel development as compared with human resource management and review the impact upon organisations of a globalised marketplace. It’ll consider the impact on and the contribution of HRM to the global credit crunch and the challenges to HRM within organisations in terms of the need to address environmental concerns in the long and short term. The module also examines HR's role in strategy formulation and implementation and encourages learners to adopt a critical perspective of these contexts to provide workable organisational and HR solutions to address them.
  • Managing Human Resources and Improving Organisational Performance
    The people in an organisation are its greatest assets - managing this important resource is increasingly recognised as a complex and vital task which is central to the success of any business. This module introduces you to the context, theory and practice of human resource management (HRM) with particular focus on how HRM can contribute to improving organisational performance. In order to explore the impact of HRM on performance and enable you to critically engage with this question, the module is designed as a step-by-step process focusing on the following three elements: understanding HRM, understanding organisational performance by exploring theoretical perspectives on how organisations can improve and sustain performance and research and theory linking HRM with organisational outcomes and improved performance. The module is assessed by means of an essay and extended case study report.
  • Project Management
    Project management is a key skill for any future professional to acquire, at some stage in your career you will be involved in delivering or working on a project. This module focuses on providing a sound basis for managing or working on projects. In essence, the concept of managing a project hinging on one quite basic principle, managing the triangle of: quality of the project outcomes, cost and time. In practice, this is a complex juggling act. The module covers: the major process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge; the importance of stakeholder and risk management; scheduling and costing; monitoring and controlling techniques, including cost control, time management and resource optimisation; improving the success of projects; and the principles of agile project management. Assessment is by two pieces of coursework: a project schedule and discussion of stakeholders and risks, and a limited time case study problem.
  • Strategic Management
    Strategic Management is a fascinating discipline that studies the long-term purpose and direction of organisations, by looking at how to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. The first part of the module focuses on core frameworks and analytical techniques that will enable you to assess the resources and capabilities of organisations in relation to the conditions of the industry and the macro environment, and stakeholder pressures. The module concludes with the evaluation of business-level and corporate-level strategies, providing a springboard to the Advanced Strategic Management module in the final year, focused on strategic implementation.

Level 6 modules

  • Career Management and Employability
    This innovative and exciting career-focused module will help you develop the employability skills and capabilities that are needed to compete successfully in the graduate labour market whilst seeking to provide you with knowledge, support and insight into the contemporary world of work and the business market. The module will also develop your skills and is therefore practical and engages you in case study exercise, real-life scenarios, audit and skills testing techniques and invites external guest speakers and employers to provide insight and input. The lectures and seminars will provide key inputs to help introduce you to fundamental employability concepts, insights and techniques, drawn from the world of business and management, but also from other disciplines such as sociology, social psychology and the humanities.
  • Employee Relations
    Human resource professionals need to understand key developments in the theory and practice of employment relations, both within and beyond the immediate organisational context. This module allows you to build on your knowledge and experience to develop the skills required to make informed and effective judgements about existing and emerging models, processes and practices of employment relations in local and international jurisdictions. This is designed to encourage you to assess and understand broader developments that influence the effective management of the employment relationship in indigenous and multinational organisations.
  • Employment Law
    Recent decades have seen a substantial increase in the extent to which the employment relationship in the UK, Eire and the EU is regulated through employment legislation. As a result, human resources professionals are now obliged to take account of legal requirements in different jurisdictions when carrying out many central aspects of their role. They’re also obliged to take responsibility for the defence and settlement of claims lodged with employment tribunals by aggrieved employees or former employees. This module introduces the major areas of employment legislation and the employment law system, focusing in particular on ways in which day-to-day HR activities are subjected to some form of regulation. This is intended to provide an overview, rather than to focus in detail on the operation of specific employment laws, for those who need to understand and be able to evaluate emerging developments in the management of the employment relationship in local and international jurisdictions.
  • International and Comparative HRM
    Does Human Resource Management operate in a global environment? Although people are at the heart of all organisations, there are significant differences in how citizens around the world participate in the workplace. This module sets out to investigate how, and if, HRM operates in the international arena. This is done by considering differences in national HRM policies and practices and by examining how businesses overcome the numerous 'people problems' associated with operating in more than one country.
  • Leadership in Contemporary Organisations
    How can you be an effective leader during the current turbulent times? Organisations are facing constant organisational, environmental and economic change. In addition, smart technology and increasingly flat hierarchies in organisations emphasise the importance of effective team management and networking across different cultures. This module explores the role of leadership to facilitate effective management of uncertainty, ambiguity, complexity and to create a vision and strategy for future success and sustainable performance of organisations. This module enables you to make links between the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership by solving case studies and also by reflecting on own leadership challenges - from previous jobs, work placements or volunteering.
  • Reward Management
    The Reward Management module provides the learner with a wide understanding of how the business context drives reward strategies and policies, including labour market, industrial and sector trends, regional differences and trends in pay and international comparisons; the financial drivers of the organisation, the balance sheet and the impact of reward costs. These are vital tools for the business leaders of tomorrow.

Assessment

You can expect an interesting mix of coursework, essays, exams and activity-based assignments. Your coursework could include problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations and group or individual reports. You'll also be able to access support materials through our virtual learning environment (VLE).

All assessment is designed to allow you to demonstrate what you’ve learned from modules, and to make sure you’re developing the knowledge and skills you need to complete the course.


This is a 5 year programme

Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.


Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Placement year

We want to make sure that you’re fully prepared for an increasingly competitive job market, so we offer a four-year degree option which includes a work placement in the third year. It’s an opportunity to apply and enhance your skills while developing new ones. You’ll also build valuable professional networks.

It could be that you have one placement during Year 3, or you could have two or three, giving you the chance to experience different organisations and working practices. Many of our students find that their placement company hires them when they graduate. We have a specialist team to help you find a placement and support you during this year. You might work in the UK or go abroad: our students have worked at leading organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Bosch, BMW, Airbus, BskyB and KPMG. This period of work experience can help set your final-year studies in context and may well help with your dissertation topic. All in all, it’s a fantastic way to stay ahead of the competition.

Studying abroad

You could broaden your horizons by spending time living and studying abroad. This could be a short study visit or a semester spent in Europe, Canada, the USA or Malaysia. It will look great on your CV and help you take advantage of opportunities in the international job market.

 

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)

£4,500

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)

£4,625

Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

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