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Start Dates: Feb,Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:N600
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

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Models of work are constantly evolving, but one thing does not change – people still need to be recruited, trained, motivated and paid to meet the requirements of organisations.

If your interests lie in the direction of effective people management, begin with a thorough grounding in business, before exploring the many aspects of HRM: professional practice, leadership and motivation, pay and reward, business systems, selection and recruitment, employee relations and employment law.

Learn from expert tutors as you carry out practical projects that emulate working as a professional manager, and develop your practical experience with an optional year’s paid work placement in a HRM role.

In your final year, study strategic HRM, examine real firms with a view to solving people problems, and carry out an independent research project.

 


In my three years at the University I've been involved in almost every activity on offer, from being a course representative and a senior PAL leader to taking on internships and projects. The University has offered me numerous opportunities to develop my skills and expand my network, and has constantly pushed me outside of my comfort zone. My course has offered me constant support throughout my studies, helping me become a real HR professional. There have been many ups and downs during the past three years, but my lecturers have always been supportive and understanding, and put great effort into communicating with us. They also put hard work into implementing the feedback we have given them, and really proved to us they cared about our student experience. All in all, these have been the most important three years of my life, and I wouldn't change a thing!

Stefania-Alexandrea Tudorascu
BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • Learn from experts in their field, active within the CIPD and in both consultancy and research, as you combine academic knowledge, theory and practice
  • Study a general business foundation, followed by areas such as human resource development; creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship; international business; strategic management and practical HRM
  • Develop your understanding of how HRM works with other business disciplines, enabling you to fit into numerous organisation types
  • Gain an international outlook - our staff and students come from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Explore opportunities for further postgraduate and professional study
  • Challenge yourself with an optional (sandwich) year placement after your second year
  • Benefit from excellent teaching and learning facilities, giving you practical and transferable business skills to take you into careers in the private sector, the public sector or in not-for-profit organisations, anywhere in the world

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


The Units which make up the course are:

  • BSS001-1 4 90 Business Pod (Core)
  • SHR007-1 4 30 HRM Foundations (Core)
  • BSS008-2 5 15 Practice Weeks: Career Planning (Core)
  • BSS010-2 5 15 Research Skills (Core)
  • BSS011-2 5 15 Project Management (Core)
  • BSS015-2 5 15 Strategic Thinking (Core)
  • SHR014-2 5 15 Employment Relations, Reward and Law (Core)
  • SHR015-2 5 15 Innovative Practice in HRM and HRD (Core)
  • SHR016-2 5 15 People Resourcing and Development (Core)
  • SHR017-2 5 15 The Strategic Context of HRM (Core)
  • BSS023-3 6 15 Practice Weeks: The Future You (Core)
  • BSS040-3 6 15 Strategy and Creativity (Core)
  • SHR011-3 6 30 Developing Professional HRM Practice (Core)
  • SHR012-3 6 30 Dissertation in HRM (Option)
  • BSS021-3 6 30 Business Practice Portfolio (Core)
  • SHR015-3 6 30 Specialist Project in HRM (Option)

In line with the Business School's commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to your demonstration of your ability to do HRM in practice. We will want to see that you understand the theory and have developed critical thinking skills which help you evaluate the relevance of what you have learned. All of this comes together in being able to demonstrate rigorous human resources practice for an organisation. To assess this range of integration of theory and skills into sound practice, we use a range of methods. You will encounter many different kinds, including the ones listed below, some of which are used in combination, for example a report might be required as an outcome of a time-limited assessment task. - Reports: you analyse a business problem and propose solutions. - Presentations: present proposals as if to your boss, a board or a client. - Time-limited tasks: on a set day, you will be given a task which you will need to complete in a set time, such as 48 hours or five days. - Academic writing: used to demonstrate clear, critical thinking, you might be asked to write an essay or a short summary of a theoretical debate. - Appraisals: just as in business, you use appraisals to assess your own learning and to set your personal and academic development objectives. - Projects: these are assessed in a number of ways depending on the task defined by our business partner. Typically, you will need to prepare an analysis, report or presentation which is suitable for the business partner and a longer piece of work which sets out the -behind the scenes' work which underpinned the output for business. It is in the longer work that we expect to see explicitly your application of theory and critical thinking which underpin good HRM practice. You will usually also prepare a project review. - Project reviews: you analyse and evaluate the way you worked on a project and set out how you would work more effectively on a similar task in future. - Exams: as well as conventional exams using set questions and case studies, exams can be the outcome of a group task. You might work on a large task together and then sit an exam to show your individual learning from the task. - Portfolio: you will plan and record your CPD activities using the CIPDs HR Profession Map as a guide to the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to develop to be ready to work in HR. For all assignments you will have an assignment brief which clearly sets out what is required and you will be given the criteria which your tutors will use to mark your work. All units have a form of non-graded formative assessment which feeds into the summative methods of assessment; this may come directly from tutors or from your peers and self-assessment. You will receive feedback on all your assessments. If you use this feedback, you will be able to improve your learning and your grades on future assignments.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

 

 

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student