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What makes Business & Human Resource Management at Worcester special?

Prepare to move into a career in human resource management and development, recruitment & selection, or general management. This course gives you access to regular coaching, as well as our network of specialist academic staff and business leaders. You'll also be able to become an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

You'll gain subject expertise in human resource (HR) management, alongside a grounding in contemporary business issues (such as change management, talent development, globalisation, workforce diversity, the gig economy and ethical leadership). You'll be able to demonstrate your business knowledge and management skills through active experience, such as applied projects, placements, internships and study abroad. This active experience will show that you are a capable, people-oriented and commercially-focused graduate with a broad range of skills that are valued by employers.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Gain Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and Chartered Management Institute - there will be a charge for membership of the professional bodies.
  • Engage in the latest thinking through a research project supported by a member of our Careers and Leadership Development Research Group.
  • Work with HR specialists and academics who have extensive experience of management and consultancy.
  • Enhance your employability through internships, consultancy projects, a one-year paid placement and integrated coaching from experienced business leaders.
  • Experience international cultures and develop a global mind-set through options to work and study abroad.
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points - including GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / 4 or above

Applicants with no formal qualifications may be considered for Mature Student Entry Routes

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Unlocking Individual Potential
  • Customer Insight and Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Generation Digital

Optional

  • Data Driven Decisions
  • Language

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Unlocking Organisational Potential
  • Creating a High Performance Workforce
  • Developing Employee Talent

Optional

  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Life-Style Marketing
  • Market Insight
  • Essential PR
  • PR & Campaigning
  • Value Chain Management
  • Digital Advertising Applications
  • Managing Customer Care
  • Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • Financial Markets and Investments
  • The Global Economy: Institutions, Trade and FDI
  • SAGE Accounting
  • Public Law: The Wider Legal Landscape
  • Business Law: Rights and Obligations
  • Micro Economics
  • Macro Economics
  • Managing Successful Projects
  • SME Management
  • Selling & Sales Management
  • Responsible Business
  • Digital Content Systems and Ecommerce
  • Social Commerce
  • Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mind set
  • New Venture Formation
  • Consultancy and Research Methods
  • Internship I
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Optional Placement Year or Year Abroad

You can choose to take a placement year and convert your degree to a 4-year sandwich degree with virtually all of our full-time Single Honours degrees in Business or Computing by taking a year in industry between your second and final years.

You will be able to apply to spend your placement year at an organisation of your choice, anywhere in the UK. Placement opportunities are available in all business sectors, including marketing, advertising, PR, HR, business management, finance, economics, programming and game design.

Year 3

Mandatory

  • International Business Strategy
  • Strategic Challenges for HRM

Optional

  • Digital & Social Media Marketing
  • Brand Management
  • International Marketing
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Spin Doctors and Other Persuaders
  • Advertising and Digital Communications
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Corporate Reporting and Performance Management
  • International Banking and Finance
  • Taxation
  • Employment Law
  • Applied Economics
  • The Dark Side of Management
  • Service Innovation Management
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Rethinking Organisational Value
  • Intercultural Business Perspectives
  • Saving the Planet, one organisation at a time
  • Corporate Reputation Management
  • Digital Business
  • The Next Big Thing
  • Business Intelligence and Analysis
  • Research Project
  • Consultancy Project
  • Internship (ii)
  • Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Intrapreneurship
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching, academic support through integrated coaching and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Accreditation

All of our courses and modules have been mapped to take advantage of professional body accreditations: see individual course pages for further details.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, laboratory practical sessions, fieldwork, practical activities, etc. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practical sessions are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work.

In addition, meetings (both individual and group) with personal academic tutors are scheduled throughout the academic year. There is an opportunity to undertake a year-long placement in the third year of the course, supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor. Depending upon the course, there may be an opportunity to study abroad at one of the exchange partner universities.

Contact time

In a typical week there will be at least 12 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected. If the degree requires a Research or Consultancy Project, students will have guided supervision time with a Project Supervisor.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • Information giving, facilitated discussions, small group work, presentations
  • Practical skills - the opportunity to practise group facilitation, presentation, communication and listening skills
  • Visiting speakers and opportunities to visit other settings are regular features of the course

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, full-time students are expected to undertake around 24 hours of personal self-study per week, plus additional preparation for assessments and examinations. Typically, this will involve meeting with individual tutors to discuss progress and feedback, completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online. In addition to this, students will spend time sharing ideas with fellow students, taking part in extra-curricular learning activities and engaging with external employers.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources as well as our network of employers and entrepreneurs.

Assessment

The precise assessment requirements in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken. The assessment strategy has been designed so that:

  • All modules have both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative assessment allows tutors and students to recognise strengths and weaknesses in learning and to address those issues immediately. Summative assessments are graded and count towards the final module grade, and they are assessed against the specific module learning outcomes
  • Typically 15 credit/ one semester modules will have one assessment item; 30 credit/ two semester modules will have 2-3 assessments
  • Across each individual year and cumulatively across all three years the concept of continuous assessment and/or building up expertise in different assessment types applies. A variety of assessment types (reports, portfolios, presentations, essays and a final year research or consultancy project) are designed to suit different learning styles
  • There may be some specialisation by subject: e.g. exams are more common in Accounting, Finance and Economics modules because the professional bodies prefer this method of assessment for exemption/ accreditation purposes and many of our modules are linked to those bodies in order to obtain such exemption/ accreditation
  • Different types of employability skills are embedded in all modules

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.

Feedback is intended to support learning by indicating how you can improve in future assignments and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors to help support personal and academic development and enhance employability skills.

Feedback on formal course work assessments is normally provided within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and business leaders and employers.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and many lectures are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and staff profiles can be viewed at the WBS Staff Profile Page.

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Stephanie Tiller

Stephanie is the Course Leader for Accounting and Finance and her teaching specialism is Financial Reporting.

Stephanie is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants ('ACCA'). She joined Worcester Business School in January 2014, after spending 14 years in professional practice. With eight years being spent as an Audit Manager for Grant Thornton UK LLP. During which time she worked closely with a wide variety of companies from small owner managed businesses to large international groups and public listed companies.

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Simon Quigley

Simon trained with a large firm of Chartered Accountants in the areas of audit, accounts preparation, taxation and insolvency. Working in industry, his roles ranged from Group accountant, Project accountant and Treasury.  

Since the move to lecturing, Simon has taught on a range of provisions, including ACCA, CIMA CIPD, AAT, HND as well as undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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Jamie Wells

Jamie has spent the past nine years working within the accounting and finance team. Areas of teaching expertise are financial management and auditing. Jamie also has a particular interest in accounting education research, developing research on the use of simulations in the teaching of auditing. Jamie has also published a paper, which looked at the role of universities in developing softer skills in accountancy. Before working at Worcester, Jamie spent three years in practice for a large professional services firm specialising in forensic accounting and assurance. She also spent time working for HM Treasury within the Welfare to Work Team.

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Dr Holly Andrews

Holly Andrews has been a lecturer with Worcester Business School since 2009. Holly is the Senior Personal Academic Tutor for the Business School, managing the personal academic tutors system. She also manages the core undergraduate personal development modules.

 

 

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Dr Lynn Nichol

Lynn is Head of the Management and Finance Department, a Principal Lecturer in HR and course leader for the Doctorate in Business Administration at Worcester Business School. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academic. She has supervised seven PhDs, one DBA and one MRes to completion.

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Dr Catharine Ross

Catharine teaches subjects related to people management and ethics in the Business School. Catharine has a particular interest in teaching and research concerning diversity in the workplace. She is currently involved in research on trade unions; men in female-dominated occupations; and management learning.

Catharine is the diversity coordinator for the business school and also research degrees coordinator.

Careers

Where could it take you?

  • Benefit from integrated career coaching throughout your course, where we will support you with preparation of your CV and interview technique
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities needed to make an immediate impact in your chosen organisation
  • Develop strategic insight in your chosen specialism so that you can deliver long term value for your chosen organisation
  • Gain professional body accreditation, exemptions and recognition
  • Create a portfolio of direct business experience through a one-year paid placement, internships, consultancy projects and company visits
  • Work on live client projects through the Business School's Media Lab
  • Build your own business network
  • Learn a foreign language and experience international cultures through opportunities to work and study abroad
  • Develop your own business through the Business School's Incubator
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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If you decide to take up the optional placement year accommodation and travel costs may be incurred dependent on location of placement. As placements are paid by the employer at minimum wage plus these costs can be covered by the student's wage. During this year you will pay 10% of normal academic fees to the University. You are provided with a placement tutor, and have access to the advice of the full placement team, as well as all University student support and services. You may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check for your placement.

There are also occasional trips which may require you to incur travel costs.

There will be a charge for membership of the professional bodies.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Business & Human Resource Management BA (Hons) - N1N6
Business & Human Resource Management BA (Hons) - With Placement Year - NN16

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

N1N6 or NN16

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

John Gardener

Admissions tutor