About the course

This degree programme is designed to prepare you for active participation in Human Resource Management. It includes building a wide range of personal skills and the experience demanded by employers. Studying for a higher education award in HRM will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to establish a career in human resource management. BSc (Hons) HRM is a full-time programme offered with our partner university. It is a three year programme, with the first two years of study taking place at the College and the final year either at the College or on the campus of our partner university.

How to apply

  • The Ucas Code for this course is N600
  • The university code for Canterbury Christ Church University is C10
  • Apply via www.ucas.com

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Entry requirements

  • GCSEs - grades A*-C including English and maths
  • Or Business Level 3 Access to HE Diploma
  • Or Business Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Or other business-related Level 3 qualifications
  • You will require a minimum of 72 UCAS points

Additional Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS tariff points from at least 2 A levels or equivalent and five GCSEs grades A*-C including English and maths.
  • Mature applicants, without the normal entry requirements, are encouraged to apply and will be accepted if there is evidence of their ability to succeed.
  • Applicants who require a Tier 4 Student Visa need to provide an IELTS 6 with minimum required component scores 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.

What you will study

  • You will study a range of modules that will give you a broad and balance knowledge of business. Students will develop their own interests as the course progresses, with these interests potentially forming the basis of your Year 3 Dissertation Research Project. This will provide you with a personalised pathway to focus your career interests.
  • The degree programme is designed to allow students incremental development to achieve the learning outcomes.


    Year 1

    People Management in the 21st Century (20 credits)

    You will learn behavioural aspects of people management in organisations and effective decision making skills and how to make informed choices to influence organisational action to achieve organisational objectives. By the end of the module you will be able to evaluate objectively and understand organisational behavioural situations and determine the best course of action from a range of perspectives. You will gain a range of skills and understanding of personality, motivation, group dynamics, communication, conflict management and negotiations, sustainability and ethics and many more.

    Contemporary Business Issues (20 credits)

    This module provides an introduction to business concepts and models. You will learn how to use information sources, research and analyse to apply these concepts to the practice of business. You will learn about contemporary and emerging business issues, including the structure and organisation of different industry sectors, the changing macro-environment, emergence of new economies and the inter-relatedness of the global trade. 

    Accounting and Finance for Business (20 credits)

    The module provides an introduction to accounting and finance for those who are NOT majoring in accounting or finance. It examines the basic principles and underlying concepts of accounting and the ways in which accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve the quality of decision making. You will learn key accounting and finance topics and be introduced to financial statements and case studies to understand the role of finance in the business environment.

    Marketing Principles and Practice (20 credits)

    The module is designed to provide you with an introduction to marketing, its fundamental concepts and an overview of marketing practice. You will learn how marketing differs from the production, product, and sales approaches to business. You will gain a wider understanding of the differences between the operational role of marketing and how it is applied as an organisational focus and the impact of the marketing environment. 

    Business Analysis  (20 credits)

    This module will help you develop a range of statistical and computing skills that can be used during the course of your academic programme and future careers in business. You will learn and engage in business and market research, statistics used in business, marketing, economics and finance. You will engage with published literature and various statistical techniques.  

    Economics (20 credits)

    The aim of the module is to introduce you to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macro-economic models to equip you with an understanding of decision-making at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation. You will analyse the operation of the individual market by means of demand and supply models. You will appraise different markets and the dynamic nature of these markets regarding, perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly and monopolistic competition.  Students will be introduced to macro-economic affairs and will learn how to critically assess current developments in the U.K. and Europe, free market versus government intervention, fiscal and monetary policies and global economies. 

    Year 2

    Management and Leadership (20 credits)

    The module explores the context within which management and leadership takes place; the historical context within which the fundamental principles of management arise; the context of the external environment which impacts on organisational strategy, ambiguity in relation to organisational objectives, policies, working practices, ethical considerations and management approaches. You will explore a range of different perspectives on management and leadership with particular focus on particular issues.

    Project Management (20 credits)

    You will gain a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of the discipline of Project Management and will examine the role of project management through the application of a range of analytical models and tools as applied to a range of case studies. You will learn a range of topics in line with various project management methodology, such as the Association of Project Management Body of Knowledge (APM BOK). Additionally, the knowledge gained will enable you to operate effectively in a project oriented environment within any type of business organisation.

    Human Resources Management (20 credits)

    This module will equip you with the ability to understand and analyse core HRM concepts, operational human resource activities and responsibilities and relate these to a range of organisational contexts.

    Research Methods (20 credits)

    This module is designed to enable you to develop your skills and expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and to independently design and conduct an effective piece of research. You will learn about the nature of academic research and the characteristics of an effective research plan. You will be introduced to a range of more complex statistical techniques that build on the understanding they developed in Year 1. The use of PASWS to input and analyse data quantitative data will be covered along with techniques for collecting and analysing qualitative data.

    Employee Development and Employee Relations  (20 credits)

    The module will provide students with the ability to understand, assess and apply approaches to the development of people in organisations through learning and development interventions, and develop an understanding of employee relations frameworks and current regulation in this area.    The module will examine the development of Learning and Development practice, government policy interventions in Learning and Development for competitiveness; coaching and mentoring, L&D tools, techniques and delivery mechanisms available to the practitioner.

    Employment Law  (20 credits)

    This module provides students with a platform for understanding the legal frameworks which underpin people practices and policies in organisations and to appreciate the context within which these frameworks operate.  The module will review the employment law-making process from UK Parliament and European institutions and will explore the structure of the UK legal system including the role of the EU.  It will review the Tribunal systems and the role of state agencies that provide advice and support for both parties in the employment relationship.   It will also consider the current contexts and influences on the development of employment legislation.

    Year 3

    Strategic Management (20 credits)

    The aim of the module is to provide you with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable you to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate your suitability and make you aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change. The module will provide an overview of the concept of strategy and its management in organisations evaluating both the internal and external environments. An emphasis will be placed on helping you understand the competitive nature of business across all three sectors, and on the pragmatic application of tools and concepts in pursuit of organisational improvement.

    Service Management (20 credits)

    The module will provide you with an appreciation of the significant issues relating to management in the service sector and the management of the service provision in all sectors, focusing on the process of servitisation, managing the service encounter, service quality, service level, customer management and capacity management. 

    Strategic Human Resource Management (20 credits)

    To equip students with the ability to critically evaluate the strategic nature of HRM within the changing context of work and to evaluate effective management of people strategies.  The module will explore the relevance of the historical development of Human Resource Management to current approaches and debates.  It will explore the differences between Personnel and Strategic HRM, reviewing the concepts of human capital and adding value.

    Employee Reward and Resourcing (20 credits)

    The module will provide a critical understanding of the core human resources’ principles, theories and concepts supporting the effective acquisition and reward of employees in the modern organisation.

    Dissertation (40 credits)

    The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity for the practical application of theory to a business oriented problem and to develop research skills and the principles of research design. You will learn how to produce a brief research proposal and will benefit from individual and group tutorial support giving you the opportunity to discuss the nature, scope and suitability of the proposed study before it receives approval. You will undertake an extended research project in the area of your choice under the supervision of a member of the University Centre.


    A wide variety of assessment methods are employed to develop both academic and professional skills. There is a balance of coursework assessment and examinations in this programme. Coursework will involve the use of essays, reports, presentations, computer- based projects, reflective and critical assignment, research activities and case studies. These will enable you to research and review a wide range of business practice and apply your learning.  Examinations and Time-constrained assessments (TCA) are used to recognise end of module achievement, particularly where professional body accreditation is offered, and may involve unseen or open-book exercises.


    You will receive feedback on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your

    Module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days from final submission.   


    You can apply for a student loan for this course.

    Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet. 

    You will be required to cover the cost of:

    - Text books 

    - Travel to other sites - Where required

    - Library Fees and Fines - If you fail to return loaned items within the required time you will be responsible for the cost of any fees or fines applicable 

    - Printing and photocopying - Ypu will need to cover the cost of any printing or photocopying undertaken to support your learning 

    - Graduation ceremonies - It is free for you to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by you.


    Our teaching supports students in reaching their potential in the course. We recognise the diversity of learning styles and techniques they will use and offer a variety of means through which they can engage with the subject: lectures, seminars, discussions, presentations, visiting speakers, digital materials, coursework and tutorials.

    We offer timely feedback from tutors. We also value the learning from students’ experiences with other work and organisations and support their reflections on their academic and personal development. We encourage them to develop skills relevant to life and work as well as for academic study. Typically, teaching takes place in face to face mode and in on-line environments and is informed by student feedback.  

    Each module will involve 200 hours of work with 50 of these being contact time (lectures and seminars) and the rest self-directed study which includes preparation for and the production of assessments. Students will typically have around 12 contact hours per week with additional academic tutoring outside of these hours.

    Our classes are delivered in smaller groups, enabling students to learn and develop understanding using more formative assessments.

    Modules are split over two semesters with 60 credits studied on each semester, with the exception of modules that 40 credit bearing, such as some Work Based Learning Projects and Dissertations.  Delivery of most modules will typically consist of a 4 hours in total, with one hour interactive lecture and a two hours seminar/workshop, and one hour follow up tutorial per week.  There is also contact time allocated to provide students with further tutorial support outside of the classroom.

    When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study.  Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

    To enhance student learning your module tutor may direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. 

    For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.  On average, you should expect to study for 30 hours per week during term time.


    Each module will involve 200 hours of work with 50 of these being contact time (lectures and seminars) and the rest self-directed study which includes preparation for and the production of assessments. Students will typically have around 14 contact hours per week with additional academic tutoring outside of these hours.


    When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study.  Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

    Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. 

    For the Extended Essay in year two, and the Dissertation in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

    Your overall workload typically consists of 14 contact hours. You will undertake 15 hours independent learning and assessment activity. 

    For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week. 


    The college recognises the additional support needs required by some students.  Support and guidance is available to students to assess their learning needs and eligibility.  

    Our students with ALS (Additional Learning Support) needs benefit from personalised learning support to help them successfully progress through their programme of study.


    The University Centre recognises the importance of professional body accreditation, to ensure that not only do we deliver well researched courses, but also that our students meet the professional expectations of prospective employers and have the opportunity to gain professional body qualifications.

    We also offer modules accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM). Our Project Management module was the first from a university to gain accreditation and exemption for its teaching and assessment.

    The University Centre has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The year two modules of Management and Leadership, Project Management, Management Accounting and Human Resource Management are accredited by the CMI and on successful completion you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.


    The college has close links with the college’s Business School and benefit from the Employers Advisory Board that has established partnerships with representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.


    Our faculty staff have a wide range of industry and academic experience and deliver the vast majority of lectures and seminars.  We recognise the importance of continuing professional development and the accreditation of awards relating to the HE Sector, such as HEA recognition.


    A good BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management enables you to continue your studies towards a Master Degree or Membership of professional institutions in areas such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). You will be equipped with skills to enter into a career/employment in the human resource management sector

    Entering employment

    Continuing existing employment

    Linking with the appropriate Professional Body

    Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

    Progressing to university.


    Students who only want to study for 1 year are welcomed and will be eligible to qualify for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) at Level 4.  


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