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BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management with Foundation Year

TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe / Uxbridge / Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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Business can be found in every corner of the world and at the helm are human resources professionals. Our BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management degree is the perfect way to equip you with the professional skills in recruitment, performance management and industry best practice to allow you to succeed.                                                
Our academic staff and industry experts have developed our degree to ensure you are well-equipped for your future career, including industry recognised accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This allows you to graduate with a CMI Level 5 diploma in Management and Leadership in addition to your undergraduate degree.
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For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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Why study this subject?

Do you have a passion for helping people to achieve their best? Want to create an inspiring work environment and match people to the best available opportunities? Then a career in human resource management could be the perfect choice for you.

Human resource management is an exciting and varied career that has people at its heart. It is all about ensuring that people are managed and treated fairly. You will be at the centre of the action by recruiting, retaining, and developing the talent in a business, you will play a crucial part in business strategy and ensure that it stays ahead of the competition.

Companies are invested in their future success; they are constantly on the lookout for skilled and qualified Human Resource (HR) advisers and managers. Employers want graduates who are not just academically qualified but are also work-ready with professional skills in management and leadership. Our Business and Human Resource Management degree will help you develop the skills needed to become a confident and successful HR manager.

Our programme has been specifically designed by our industry experienced lecturers to reflect the ins and outs of HR and allow you to gather the business function and operations knowledge needed to succeed in the workplace.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

We are a vibrant and diverse university that has our students at its heart, we are committed to ensuring that you receive the best help for you. We know that everyone is different and our high lecturer to student ratio ensures that you are treated as an individual and will receive continual and first-hand support throughout your degree. In short, we want you to stretch and excel your abilities and so you can graduate with a versatile and in-demand degree.

BNU is proud to support you to become business ready. We have an employer-led student focused approach to our courses. A key feature of this programme is that it provides the chance to blend both the latest industry insights with best practice workplace skills, enhancing the employability of our graduates.

Staying up to date with latest industry trends and information is important part of our course. Our academics have a huge range of experience in the HR sector and they retain strong links to industry, providing you with the perfect chance to develop key skills, such as empathy, problem solving and creativity, which will give you a head start in the employment market. Our Business and Human Resource Management degree is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and is a recognised qualification by employers throughout the country.


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What will I study?

Now is an exciting time to study for a career in the human resource sector. The work environment is fast-paced and everchanging, but it creates the perfect opportunity to put your organisational and reactive skills into action from day one. Through undertaking this degree, you will develop the knowledge and understanding of contemporary best practice in strategic HR management, alongside progressing the personal skills required to prepare you for your future management role.

Over the past year, the global business landscape has had to adapt to a different way of working and trading. The use of technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has increased to ensure that key business activities are fulfilled. Subject areas such as Global Business Environment, Digital Business and New Technologies and Managing and Developing Innovation and Creativity will help you understand how technology can underpin innovation and improvements to business and organisations, alongside developing key skills, such as empathy, problem solving and creativity, which will ensure you are well placed to enter the employment market.

During your foundation year you will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business and study topic areas like, creativity, self-development, responsibility, business studies and inquiry based learning to provide you with a solid basis for your study of business and human resource management.

In your first year, you will hit the ground running and become well versed in the fundamental principles of business management and human resources, including marketing, business environment, finance and people management.

In year 2, you will begin to focus on HR specific topics, such as resourcing, employee engagement and international human resource management. You will gain a more strategic understanding of business issues and put your skills and knowledge into action through working with clients to support them in implementing changes to their business.

In your final year, you will sharpen and expand on the skills you have developed so far on the course. There is a focus on strengthening your leadership skills, ready for employment post university. Topics including leadership and management, HR strategy and innovation and creativity will be explored in-depth to allow you to have a strong understanding of the changing business environment and key strategic HR issues facing all organisations. You will be expected to integrate, apply and evaluate the knowledge you have gained throughout the course to produce a dissertation or consultancy project. The dissertation or a consultancy project will be a key focus your final year and will allow you to specialise on your area of interest. This will prove invaluable when you graduate, allowing you to showcase your area of expertise at job interviews.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

At Buckinghamshire New University we like to foster an interactive and student-focused teaching style where we blend lectures, workshops, independent study, case studies, live briefs and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience.

We like to ensure you are prepared for the workplace and often teach with a mix of face-to-face teaching with practical assignments. We want you to have a mix of knowledge, skills and abilities that will allow you to be day one ready graduates who can seamlessly fit into any organisation that you choose to join.

    We are proud of our links to industry and ensure that we use our knowledge of what businesses want to help shape this programme. We work to welcome key business speakers and companies for live briefs to help you build real life experience and industry connections, preparing you for life beyond university. In the past we have had students work with various major companies and start-ups, including Enterprise-rent-a-car, Dow Chemicals, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and KVA Digital.

    Our assessments reflect our employer-led course philosophy, they are real world centric with live briefs from businesses and cases that challenge students to produce a tangible result and not simply demonstrate knowledge of a subject. We set a variety of assessments across the three years of the degree; these include:

    • Individual management reports
    • Group business plans
    • People management strategies and presentation pitches
    • Team based marketing campaigns
    • Industry briefed digital advertising activities
    • Individual presentations
    • Timed assessments

    Placements Plus

    BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

    We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value.  In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

    Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

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    BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management Programme Specification

    What are the course entry requirements?

    A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

    A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

    For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

    Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.



    This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

    Year 1 Modules

    Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity

    Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility

    Inquiry and Research Skills

    Introduction to Business Studies

    Year 2 Modules

    Global Business environment

    Graduate Challenge

    Introduction to People Management

    Principles of Marketing

    Financial Decision Making

    Organisational Behaviour

    Career Viewpoint

    Data Insights for Business Decisions

    Year 3 Modules

    Business Consulting

    Project Management

    Resourcing and Talent Planning

    Managing and Engaging people

    Consulting in practice

    International HRM

    Digital Business and New Technologies

    Customer Experience

    Year 4 Modules

    Research Methods

    Strategic Agility

    HR Strategy

    Developing leadership and management skills

    Managing & Developing Innovation & Creativity

    Change Management and organisation Development

    Dissertation (optional)

    Consultancy Project (optional)

    What are the tuition fees


    Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

    £9,250 per year


    Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

    £14,250 per year

    The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

    From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

    Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

    You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

    Questions about fees?

    Contact our Enquiries Team:

    0330 123 2023


    What are my career prospects? 

    We see your journey with us as much more than a degree, we are committed to supporting you to carve out the route to your chosen career and life beyond university. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Take a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

    Our industry experienced lecturers have connections to professional body, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and use this to bring in speakers to brief students on the latest developments in the field of human resource management. We also use our links to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to access the latest research and insight into the challenges of the business world.

    Once you join BNU you will always be a part of our family and we welcome back our active alumni network for guest lectures, live briefs, career talks and job application advice across all 3 years of our programme.    

    Our students enter their graduate careers in both large national and local enterprises, including Muller Group, Red Kite Housing and The Perfume Shop, and have secured roles such as:

    • Recruitment & Business Development Officer
    • Resourcing Advisor
    • Graduate Academy Executive
    • HR Generalist
    • Legal Recruitment Consultant
    • HR Coordinator
    • Client Liaison Executive

    As this programme provides a grounding in all areas of human resource management, it also offers the opportunity to undertake CIPD accreditation for postgraduate study, either on a full-time basis or part-time whilst working.  You may choose to study for the PG Masters of Human Resource Management, with the university that offers a discounted fee for BNU graduates.   

    Did you know?

    We are one of the Top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.

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